Honest, gripping, timshel
How the story evolves from Adam's childhood, through war and eventually through his death. I also really enjoyed Lee's contribution to the family and was always impressed with his wisdom. Cal's character was also really interesting.
Any of the scenes with Sam Hamilton and Lee. I really enjoyed the scene where they discussed the story of Cain and Able. Timshel
No, my commute is approx an hour and this novel took me about 3-4 weeks to get through.
Great novel, enjoyed it more than Grapes of Wrath. A must read!
This gripping story is both a history of an era in the US and an excellent character study of people living during this era. I found it impossible to put down! The good, bad, and blind in people's visions and actions are brilliantly depicted along with the steady and intelligent wisdom of the faithful Chinese savant/servant.
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.
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!
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
This one had a bit of a slow start for me, but I found it intriguing enough to keep listening. By the end I was finding excuses for alone time so I could finish the book. I found it presented ideas artfully, delicately, and compassionately.
Expansive scope in a concise form. Reminds me of Hemingway very much.
I love Steinbeck's style of prose, but his ability to breath life and light into the darkest recesses of the human soul through his characters is what makes this a true classic. Enjoy.
Great writing. Excellent narration. Long.
Steinbeck's description and reverence for the land - as great as the characters and plot are, there is just nothing like Steinbeck's portraits of the Salinas Valley.
Kate Trask might be the most malevolent, truly evil character I've ever encountered.
Yes, though not possible due to its great length.
Absolutely - this book is the perfect combination of story, narrator and tempo. One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to and it was better than a movie.
Caleb presenting his father with the money he earned only to have it rejected.
The naming day scene with Lee, Sam Hamilton and Adam.
Abra's realization that Aaron loves the ideal of a perfect woman, not the real Abra.
With the movie coming out in 2 parts over the next few years, now is a great time to listen to this wise, wonderful story. Suspenseful, complex characters, and universal truths make this an amazing experience. His narration is beautiful in that he gives each character a certain cadence and voice while blending things together seamlessly. Well Done!