The Routes of Man

11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13½ hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2010. ISBN 9781441859280. $92.97; 11 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. SOC SCI
OrangeReviewStarJournalist Conover's ( fifth book follows the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Newjack (2000), also available from Brilliance Audio. In it, he documents his travels along six of the world's major byways and shares his resulting observations about the role of roads in civilization throughout the centuries, addressing both their positive (e.g., economic) and negative (e.g., environmental) impacts and allowing readers/listeners to reach their own conclusions. The rich narration by three-time Audie Award winner Dick Hill ( brings the vivid details of Conover's adventures to life. A well-written and perceptive work recommended for all libraries. [For LJ editor Margaret Heilbrun's take on this title's Knopf hc, see LJ 1/10.—Ed.]—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
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