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The Wayward Bus travelled the back roads through the lush California countryside. Its driver was a man of the land - lusty, hot blooded, and uninhibited. On the bus was a girl who danced at stag parties, a travelling salesman strictly out for fun, a boy coming into manhood, and a college girl pursuing her secret, passionate quest. This is a story of crisis and passion, of love and longing.

©1936 John Steinbeck, Renewed 1975 Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV and Thom Steinbeck (P)2013 Recorded Books Inc

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Intimate moment from a bygone era

I just love John Steinbeck. He can take a couple of days in life of his characters and paint their lives for us and give us insight into the human condition - certainly as it was in a not so distant past anyway, when the role given to women left a lot to be desired. It’s a genuine relic of its times, but a complicated moment in time that is beautifully told and rich in humanity.

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  • 10-02-2017

A Great Story

It's been years since I've read any Steinbeck and I'd forgotten how good he is. There is so much detail of the surroundings and the characters are so richly described, right down to the pesky fly!
A pleasure to read!

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  • Barney
  • 17-06-2015

A Steinbeck Character Study

A well read story of a simple bus journey that has a few problems and a interesting mix of passengers. This isn't a epic story but kept me interested all the way through.

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  • purlieu
  • 17-11-2015

Good but not my favourite John Steinbeck

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was easy to listen to. The best thing about this book was the way Steinbeck describes the characters. I found it hard to sympathise with any of them but that maybe isn't the point.It was excellently narrated by Richard Poe and it wasn't too long.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I don't feel I could advise john Steinbeck on how to write. I had to remind myself that the book was written a long time ago and some of the attitudes have changed since then.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first few chapters when the characters are introduced.

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  • 21-09-2015

Intriguing!

Great book simple story well told and beautifully constructed.
Colourful characters each with their own sub plot.
I'd not heard of this title from Steinbeck but loved it.

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  • Wilmil
  • 02-07-2020

Amazing Narration.

It’s a great book but Richard Poe is a genius. A very enjoyable 9 hours.

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  • Viridian
  • 06-08-2022

So well read!

I have always enjoyed John Steinbeck's books, although I've not read this one before. I felt the reading added to my enjoyment. Steinbeck describes situations and feelings as though he has personal experience of them, all the characters were inwardly aware of their own failings, but the story ended with hope for nearly all of them.

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  • Jerry Brown
  • 25-03-2022

John Steinbeck captures real people

If your into John Steinbeck, and his style of writing that captures real people with real personalities, flaws, vices, all virtues, then you will enjoy this one.

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  • Charles Lyall
  • 16-05-2021

A Classic.

A very funny and beautifully observed story around several disparate characters brought together on a bus journey. Evocative of the time and place as you would expect from John Steinbeck. Although perhaps not as well known as some of his other novels, this was superb, pacey, full of wisecracks and poignant moments. Great narration made it a compellingl listen.

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  • Gail
  • 24-04-2021

Not one of his best, perhaps

Good narration, interesting insight into ordinary people's lives. No one is what they seem to be

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  • 25-07-2020

sublime

Steinbeck has been my favourite author for 50 years now and I had few books left to read or listen to. I have saved this book up for decades and it was worth the wait. This is one of, if not the best of his writings and shows his vast understanding of the psychology of ordinary people.

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