[Download] Blue Highways: A Journey into America By William Least Heat-Moon

Blue Highways: A Journey into America

By: William Least Heat-Moon
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 17 hours
Release date: Jan 8, 2013
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (595 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.
William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi."
His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.
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23 Responses to “[Download] Blue Highways: A Journey into America By William Least Heat-Moon”

  1. Ronna Paruta

    Lovely book!! Outstanding.
    This is an outstanding story!! It has a magic quality that I can’t put my finger on, but I loved it so much that I went and bought other books by the author when I was only 1/2 way through!!

    This adventure is actually born of tragedy in the author’s life. William Least Heat-Moon was separated from his wife when he lost his teaching job. With no prospects for the near future, Moon decides to travel the country using back roads and sleeping in his truck, which he converted it into a sort of make-shift RV. Along the way, he meets many interesting, compelling and charming people. He travels to a variety of fascinating destinations, some unknown and some famous, and some with really strange names! He delves into all kinds of issues with the people he meets. Some issues are serious and important, and some are just strange and humorous. The result of it all is the adventure of a lifetime. A true JOY to read!

    Im pretty sure Blue Highways was first published in 1983. Fortunately, I didn’t know that when I started listening. I might have skipped the book, considering it too dated to be of interest for me. In fact, Least Heat-Moon began his drive through the U.S. in 1978, the year I was born. After only a few chapters though, I was hooked. This book is anything but dated!! Don’t get me wrong, some of his experiences don’t reflect the the current state of things; for example, his encounters with racism in the Deep South were shocking to me and far worse in 1978 than in 2013. But this is incredibly relevant. It feels really good to see how far we’ve come as a country. It gives hope that the positive changes will continue. Moon also discusses the changes in the cities he visits. Exploring the histories with the people who live there and love their city.

    For me, the most touching aspect of the story involves issues that are timeless, issues that involve the complexities of human nature. The search for spiritual balance, the contrast of the religious and the secular, the desire to be isolated or to be social, the fundamental need to connect and understand people of different cultures, ages, and backgrounds…

    I was really blown away by Moon’s beautiful writing style. It’s very human, thought provoking, and quite clever! As an audiobook, this was a sheer joy!

    Highest recommendations!!

  2. Humberto Hankey

    Narrator was excellent
    I really enjoyed hearing all the different accents as the author traveled across the country. The book is fascinating one of the best travel books I have ever read. Now I know to look for a three calendar dinner if I am in one of those towns on the blue highways.

  3. Faustina Desparrois

    a great book while driving or sitting in traffic.
    a great book to listen to while driving or while sitting in traffic. Wonderful descriptions of the natural environment and many quaint stories.

  4. Blake Moody

    beautiful reading and work
    Charming, dramatic, and enchanting work by both author and reader. The work is lengthy but few listeners will struggle to finish.

  5. Mohammed Degolyer

    Down the Road
    ” Beware of thoughts that come in the night” – And so we begin traveling the road. I read this book in print years and years ago. And every few years when I was feeling tied down I would pull it out again. This time I could close my eyes and make images in my mind… What a Trip! I love traveling. Hate freeways and learned to love the blue highways of two lane roads. Once in Wyo between Torrinton and Lusk the two lane disappeared into grassy ruts! I looked at my hubby and said “Headlines: Two Texans found dead on Wyoming plains” He didnt think it was so funny. Blue Highways will always bring the unexpected so read about them and then go find them.

  6. Madelene P.

    Worst Bryson ever.
    Usually I love Bryson. Not this insensitive mockery of rural and small town America and it’s inhabitants. I can’t believe the man who wrote 1927 also wrote this condescending crap.

  7. David

    Suspicious piece two generations past prime time.
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  8. Charlesetta

    I love this book it pulls you in to it, I fill like I can almost see the places he has been.
    A warm place by the fier and a strong up of coffee and this book { Haven }

  9. Sara Eggimann

    Great travel book
    I listened to this on a long road trip. It lasted from Knoxville to Dallas, all on ‘Blue Highways’, and made the time fly. Highly recommended.

  10. Devona Bidez

    Better than Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley
    This is the standard by which all road trip books should be measured; and many have already been found wanting.
    I “read” this audiobook at the suggestion of a friend when I was on my own roadtrip. Great, inspiring, hope-and-courage-manifesting suggestion. He captures and honors a part of America that’s disappearing or disappeared; and in so doing celebrates all of us Anericans and our Blue Highways.

  11. Zap Smith

    Take The Ride
    Blue Highways is, simply put, the best travel writing out there, although readers and fans will tell you it’s about much more than that. Revisiting this book for the first time since 2016, I seemed to notice so many more details and nuances of Least Heat-Moon’s writing voice than before. Barrett narrates this rendition nicely with few missteps or mispronunciations and the audio quality is excellent. I recommend this book only to those who have already read the book – you can’t miss that experience – and want to revisit the road.

  12. Larry Stanaway

    Fun book to listen too
    very well done. loved it! funny but yet very educational. Can’t wait to get on the road to meet intteresting people like this .

  13. Darrell Hulton

    Like visiting an old friend
    Any additional comments?

  14. Roger Asperheim

    Brilliant and captivating
    you can read this many times and always find something new. he has captured for us a moment in a changing America

  15. Gerald Coonfare

    A tale for those with wandering souls
    What did you love best about Blue Highways?

  16. Emanuel K.

    loved it
    amazing story. I fell in love with the book and have read it numerous times.

  17. Woodrow D.

    road trippin ethnography
    A road trip ethnography through the eastern half of the United States including the often-overlooked Midwest. Rich with geographical information /cultural backgrounds of people / dialectical curiosities… most of them about the extraordinary ordinary people of the nation. Has an Edward Abbey like perspective on modernization. Also offers a Native American perspective. Also written before cell phones, which I found a refreshing, no mention of the little devices that caused so much mischief. last two books I read were the Sixth Great Extinction and Desert Solitaire.

  18. Kalutha

    Like being a fellow traveller on the open road…
    I remember when this book was published to acclaim several decades ago, when I was too busy with graduate school to read for pleasure. I’m so glad that I decided to give it a try; it has garnered a spot on my “Top 5 Audiobook Listens.” Like the author, I prefer to drive the “Blue Highways,” the two-lane roads that meander through the cities and towns, rather than the interstates that allow for faster arrival at a destination, but deprive the traveller of experiencing the deeper character of the people and places along the way. The narrative is a masterful weaving of personal thoughts and feelings, a poetic observation of the natural world, a journey into history, and an encounter with a wide variety of the quirky characters and cultures that make our country so fascinating. The author’s distinctive voice includes a large portion of humor, wry, a bit world-weary, and gently self-deprecating. I often found myself laughing out loud .

    The narrator’s voice was perfect for this material; it had a pleasantly “gravelly” quality that never grated on my ears. I only caught one place-name mispronuncation: “Yuh-KEE-muh” rather than Yeah-kuh-MAW,” in eastern Washington state. The voice actor has an uncanny talent for voicing a variety of accents for men and women, young and old, with an attitude of appreciation rather than caricature. These were performed with humor that never lapsed into mockery. I found myself wanting to re-listen to sections of the book as I went along, and didn’t want the book to end. I experienced some wistful feelings of days gone by, of a time in our country when things were far from perfect, but before we had experienced 9/11 and the jarring divisiveness that has come into being. The book was a welcome respite from the toxic news cycle, reminding me that there are interesting places to explore and good people to meet along the way.

  19. Hai S.

    super look of rural america on back roads
    my son gave this book to me several years ago because he knew of my love of traveling on the back roads. the book was read and then placed on the shelf where it has been for several years. when i discovered that it was available in audio form, i immediately purchased, downloaded on my ipod and enjoyed it again during my daily walks. between the first read and the recently listened to version…it is interesting to note that i have also traveled on many of the same roads…not exactly the same results but interesting travels. if you like an off the beaten path look at america…put this book on your must read list.

  20. Olimpia Goldstein

    THE dream of running away on a long driving escape
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Highways to be better than the print version?

  21. A M Liebreich

    5 stars across the board
    Fantastic travel novel, well written, expertly performed. A necessary listen for the lost soul or lustful traveler

  22. Williams R.

    Read before your US Roadtrip
    Blue Highways is a stimulating listen. The narration is top notch. The narrator perfectly crafts characters’ voices from all walks of life.

    I wish I had read this book before my first cross country road trip 5 years ago, but listening to it on my current road trip brought back memories.

    The book is not without fault. I wish there was more organization and a more concrete arc; instead, there are lots of facts, anecdotes, vied quotes.The narrator’s pretensions and romanticism of the past were a couple aspects I found annoying. Each time he mentions a woman, I held my breath in anticipation that he would say something objectifying and demeaning. Unfortunately, this suspicion was more often fulfilled than not. Nonetheless, I listened to the end because the insights and character encounters outweighed the mild annoyances.

    I would recommend this book to aspiring travelers of the US with the precaution that you may not connect as much if you are not multiple of the following: white, male, middle aged, straight.

  23. Harrison Weisholz

    A True Search for Self
    Loved it! Great imagery and insight causing one to consider one’s own travels, travails, failures and Joy’s. Time well spent and a strong incentive to take a new road trip.

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