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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Charles Kuralt's Summer (audiobook) by Charles Kuralt

For fans of Kuralt, this will be a treat!

Originally published by Audioworks in 1997
Read by the author, Charles Kuralt
Duration: 1 hour, 9 minutes

I hadn't thought about Charles Kuralt for years - until I ran into Charles Kuralt's Suumer. Kuralt pulls summer-based items from his reports from CBS News and reminds us (this listener anyway) that we've missed his folksy approach on the reporting on everyday life in America since his passing a few years ago.

Charles Kuralt (1934-1997)
Kuralt lays it on a bit thick from time to time but he avoids being too schmaltzy as he reports to us about Maypole dances in Minnesota and tubin' down the Apple River in Wisconsin. The best reports are on side two, where he focuses on the Fourth of July. He travels to Gettysburg and Independence Hall, New York City and Brazil and takes us along for an emotional ride.

Although he takes a lot of his audio from his actual television reports, only once or twice did this listener feel that he was missing something by not actually seeing the pictures.

The link above is for the cassette version of the audiobook but Amazon sells it as a digital download too.

I rate this audiobook 4 stars out of 5.

This audiobook can be found on Amazon.com here: Charles Kuralt's Summer.

Reviewed on March 29, 2005.

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