Roads to Quoz – Book Review

roads-to-quozRoads to Quoz by William Least Heat-Moon

This review is going to be a little different, because I did not finish this book.  Unlike with most unfinished books, I did not feel the need to hurl this with great force against the wall, but instead plan to pick it up later.

The first thing you need to know, is that I was listening to this book instead of reading it.  I actually think that in this case, that is a very good way to experience this book.  “Roads to Quoz” is basically William Least Heat-Moon’s memoir of his travels around the country with his wife.  I do not think the subtitle: “An American Mosey” could possibly be more appropriate.  Just as Least Heat-Moon mosied around the United States, so does this book mosey around, from commentaries on geography to other people’s stories, to moon pies.

I got through the first 2 of 18 cds and was really enjoying the style of the book, as well as the narrator.  My problem with the book was that Chicago commuting is simply not the place to be listening to this.  Trying to navigate an unprotected left turn drowns out the melodic voice of the narrator and the moseying style of the author.  This is a book for an epic road trip.  I picture myself driving through small towns in the South (perhaps because that’s what he’s talking about most of the time that I listened) or driving West to the Dakotas to go and see Mt. Rushmore or something while listening to this book.  This is the perfect book for the type of trip that is more about the trip than the destination – which is NOT a commute.

So back on my shelf goes “Roads to Quoz,” for my next meandering road trip.

Buy this book from:
Powells in paperbackaudio.
A local independent bookstore via Indiebound in paperbackaudio.
Amazon in paperbackaudio.

8 comments to Roads to Quoz – Book Review

  • I am listening to it now, and like you, seriously thinking of saving it for a road trip, or even, listening to it a second time during a road trip. I love the language, I love the reader, I love the stories. It’s a little difficult from time to time not being able to consult a dictionary, although judging from what many drivers do on the road (especially while in the left lane), it wouldn’t be totally out of place. I could use one hand to consult the dictionary, and the other to investigate and select snacks, and I’d be right at home with the other drivers!

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  • I loved his Blue Highways (which I read in print years and years ago), and I’ve been interested in this. I bet it would work well for long walks.

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  • my husband, LOVED this….He has since gone to Powells and bought the remaining books by Least Heat-Moon that he didn’t already own. We now own them all and he has read them several times. I don’t know that this one was his favourite though, I can’t remember. Anyway, the size of it freaks me out, I think it is more of a guy focoused book. Maybe not, but it would seem so.

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    • Yah, I don’t really know that I would appreciate this in book form, it does seem to be more guy-ish, partly because there’s not necessarily a plot, per se. It is making me want to take a road trip, though, to listen to the whole thing.

  • Very interesting! The sheer length of this book put me off, but I may have to give it a try and read it slowly.

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  • Ali

    You might want to take that road trip like, soon? Because once the baby comes, chances are you won’t be listening to meandering audiobooks on long drives in the car for a good long while. I’m just saying.

  • Kathy

    I’ve got this in book form – it sounds like it would be a good winter read.

  • I have this book but I haven’t tried to pick it up yet. I might just have to do that now since it sounds like something I really might enjoy.

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