Travels with Charley in Search of America

  • by John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by Gary Sinise
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade—and a moving elegy for more innocent times.
In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.


What the Critics Say

“Pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places and people interspersed with bittersweet essays on everything from the emotional difficulties of growing old to the reasons why giant sequoias arouse such awe.” (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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On the Road Adventure

A middle aged man and his dog go on an adventure. They leave their comfortable life to meet people and see parts of America unknown. This memoir is sweet and touching, Mr. Steinbeck clearly loves people and his special dog Charley. I had to give an extra star to this book for the authors spot-on (no pun intended ) description of Charley, his standard poodle. I dare say they are all alike, and yet we who own and care for Standards think each of ours is so very unique.
A nice read, a kind man and his pup meet people and reflect. I liked this book quite a lot.
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- Suzn F "I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?"


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The actual story itself could have made this a 4 or 5. I don't know why an actor of great prestige would have wanted to read such a book.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Steinbeck again?

Yes... Steinbeck does have great fiction... this nonfiction was the worst

Would you be willing to try another one of Gary Sinise’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Travels with Charley in Search of America?

All of it...

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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-15-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio