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?"

Great listen for a Road Trip

If you could sum up Travels with Charley in Search of America in three words, what would they be?

Steinbeck's gift to travelers.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Travels with Charley in Search of America?

When Charley got well.

Which character – as performed by Gary Sinise – was your favorite?

Steinbeck. A friend who knew John Steinbeck say that Gary Sinise sounds just like him with the same inflections. Sinise did a superb job on this narration, perhaps one of the best audio books I've listened too from a narration standpoint.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story is read unabridged and runs 20 plus hours. It need to be savored over several days driving time (preferably while on a road trip.

Any additional comments?

This was John Steinbeck's last work (some two years after his Nobel Prize) and I suspect he knew he was dying. This is not classic Steinbeck, but rather an insight into the man himself. We should all have a companion as tolerant as Charley (his poodle).

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- Jeanne&Gil

Book Details

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