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Maureen

Maureen EDINBURGH, United Kingdom Member Since 2008
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  • "Captivating"

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    I bought this book on the strength of recommendations in Amazon reviews and because, in my final year at school, I had learned to love John Steinbeck's books on the USA depression. I was not disappointed.

    Travels with Charley is, however, quite different from the 'depression' books. The language is still beautiful and the descriptions captivating but this is a wonderfully crafted travelogue by a very observant traveller. The book contains much humour - particularly in his relations with Charley. The pace is fairly gentle with time to learn from the various characters he meets on the road. As you listen it is hard to remember that it was written in the very early 1960s. So many of the comments are still applicable.

    Peter Marinker's reading is beautiful and his voice is just right. You feel that he is John Steinbeck!

    This is a book to savour and one you certainly wish was longer. I highly recommend it to you.

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    Travels with Charley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
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    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.

    Maureen says: "Captivating"
  • "Great Fun"

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    What an entertaining book - and full of fascinating information as well. Just the book for when you are feeling a bit 'down' and want something interesting but not too challenging which will put a smile on your face. The selection of David Thorpe as narrator was an excellent choice.

    I think Charlie gets the balance just right between history and travel. He has a good sense of humour and a deliciously light touch with the history while at the same time highlighting the salient points. I have always been interested in history but still picked up a lot of new information. I loved the travel stories - never dull and told with humour. I certainly want to visit or revisit some of the sites which feature in the book - although perhaps not the 'cow infested' fields!

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    And Did Those Feet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charlie Connelly
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    As a lover of both history and the countryside, urbanite couch-potato Charlie Connelly decides to rectify this and sets out on foot along some famous routes, journeying alongside Bodica's chariot in Norfolk, reliving Bonnie Prince Charlie's flight to Skye, and taking the same tragic route as the starving famine walkers of Connemara. It's a tale that features broken toes, dead poets, a couple of ghosts, and rain. Lots and lots of rain.

    Rogayah says: "Those feet were made for walking"
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