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.
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!