The book was perfect - wise beyond all expectations, a book to live your life and understand the world by, and yet a total page-turner. The suspense kept me listening for seven hours at a stretch. The performance was perfect - full of humanity, gravitas and a true understanding of the words. I recommend every word.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
This book as the title indicates is about brothers. East of Eden refers to the biblical story of Cain and Abel. There are two generations of brothers in this book, with each generation representing "Cain", the the other "Abel." Although it was written decades ago, the storyline is as relevant as ever, just as Shakespeare and Dickens would be. This book is overshadowed by Steinbeck's book "of Mice and Men", but is just as relevant. It combines a great story, historical facts (civil war and early California), and is why Steinbeck won a Nobel Prize. Take a break from trashy novels and listen to this.
Absolutely fantastic book! No doubt about it, its in my top 5, maybe even 3 of hundreds......Just get it. You WONT be sorry. If you enjoy family epic dramas with an author who isnt afraid to do to his characters what most others wont, please get this book! I just downloaded another of his books and cannot wait to start tonight. Drama, love, hate, friendship, marraige, humor, brotherhood, family relations, culture, history, and on and on it goes. What more can I say????
This has everything you want from a classic realist novel: superb descriptive writing, omplex characters, engrossing storyline, and some philosophical depth. The narration is very good.
I had always considered "Grapes of Wrath" the best book ever written. I figured for someone to write a masterpiece like that, their other books couldn't be any good. This book is so completely different and better in a lot of ways. I was blown away. Also, the narrator is absolutely flawless. I could listen to a 500 hour audiobook narrated by this guy.
I would have bet that Steinbeck wrote this long before The Grapes of Wrath because it is the lesser novel, but evidently he wrote this much later. It is too sprawling for even his control and stretches rely on narrative exposition rather than dramatic action or nuanced description. Perhaps it should have been longer still! No doubt my world is enriched for having read this and it is still a masterly work of fiction--it's in the top 500 novels ever but not the top 10 like Grapes of Wrath, and some of the characters will endure long into the future. Thematically more ambitious than Grapes of Wrath, the Cain and Abel structure is enlightening but less meaningful and less tangible than the historical forces at play in Grapes, at least for me. No Steinbeck enthusiast should miss this but a newcomer would be advised to start with Grapes. The reader is excellent and helps shape the experience.
Conservative, politics, history, classics, Ambrose, twain, Steinbeck, Hemingway, my first audio book was the old man and the sea. Addicted.
the story was great, i had read it when i was young . the history and lessons are about life. it was a wonderful book to listen to.
for whom the bell tolls, a classic and a classic
i am looking for another stienbeck to listen to right now
I love Steinbeck and this was true to his form, however, I found most of the characters to be unlikeable. I had a hard time really caring about these families and it was onerous to listen to one bad thing after another happen to them. They were all very real, with faults and greatnesses but I never connected with any of them. While it was well written and a fantastic representation of life in that time in that place, it just never clicked for me. On top of that, Richard Poe was irritating. I could hear him swallowing, breathing and smacking his spittle throughout the entire book. UGH!