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Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life-and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he'd ever thought possible. The gifts of food and shelter he received along the way were outweighed only by the touching gifts of the heart-the willingness of many he met to welcome a lonely stranger into their homes...and the discovery that sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.
Audiobook includes an interview with author Mike McIntyre.
©1996, 2010, 2014 Mike McIntyre (P)2014 Mike McIntyre
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Critic Reviews

"Could you survive a cross-country trip relying only on the kindness of strangers? Well, Mike McIntyre did. He put our country to the test, and what he found out sure surprised me."-Oprah Winfrey
"An incredible journey."- (CBS News)
"A superb writer."- (Los Angeles Times)
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3 out of 5 stars
By P. Bergh on 02-23-15

Interesting, but dated

While the audio recording is new (2014), the book itself was written back in the 1990s. While it was an okay book, the fact that it is so old makes it far less desirable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Thistle on 12-14-14

An amazing journey well told

Where does The Kindness of Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a true, heart-felt account that reveals the author's fears and humor, while capturing revealing and interesting stories of the people he meets who want to help him on his journey.

Have you listened to any of Chris Brinkley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have heard Chris and he was excellent. He told the story as if it were his own. Very compelling.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

What I loved about the book is the range of feelings it elicits. It is laugh-out-loud funny at times and has heart-breakingly sad moments as well. And, it is, hard to stop listening, you can't wait to hear what happens next. The personal stories from the people Mike meets are fascinating and touching.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend. This is a true tale of adventure, told with humor that gives insight into the lives extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Helen W. on 07-31-16

An inspirational read.

A totally absorbing and uplifting read, where those with the least are prepared to give so much. Brlliantly narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-24-15

wow loved it

liked interview at end had to giggle in a few places. brave inspiring thing to do was verry compelling liked all the way through x

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 10-08-15

An insight into the real America

Despite the limitations of McIntyre being a middle class, clean shaven white guy, this is a wonderfully uplifting account of humanity. I particularly appreciated McIntyre's quip that for the first time in his life he knew what it felt like to be defenseless like a woman. And how true that it's often the people with the least to give who give the most. Brinkley's interview of McIntyre 20 years after the publication of the book was a great extra.

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