Travels with Charley

  • by John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by Peter Marinker
  • 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Believing that a good, interesting life is marked by quality, not quantity, John Steinbeck took note of his itchy feet and prepared to travel. He was accompanied by his French poodle, Charley, diplomat and watchdog, across the states of America from Maine to California. Moving through woods and forests, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and wildernesses, Steinbeck observed America and the Americans with a humorous and sometimes sceptical eye. What he sees is a lonely, generous nation too packed with individuals for single judgements. His vision of how the world was changing, however, speaks to us warningly and prophetically through the decades.

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Where does Travels with Charley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top bracket.


What did you like best about this story?

Steinbeck's thoughtful insights on human nature.


What about Peter Marinker’s performance did you like?

A great read - easy listening tone.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His description of the crowds opposing the integration of schools in the South in the sixties.


Any additional comments?

This book was on the Christmas reading list of a "Walking" magazine that I subscribe too. Steinbeck had a brown Standard Poodle dog that he took on a drive through some 40 States - I also have a brown Standard Poodle and that "set the hook"! Terrific book - memorable!

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- Jacko45

Clear-eyed, funny Steinbeck's travels through a past America

Slow to develop, Steinbeck's wry, unsentimental account of his road trip across America reveals some of the glories, quirks and conflicts he encountered fifty or more years ago in post-war USA. His descriptions of his beloved canine companion Charlie and his specially equipped truck, so overloaded that the springs sagged are gorgeously funny. The light hearted tone gradually darkens as he moves into regions where segregation is fiercely resisted and Jews are often reviled. The America Steinbeck encounters is starting to thrive but the racial tensions are great.
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- Denny R.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK