I think a good time is a 40 oz. of old english and a good book. A great time is when I leave the book.
It isn't often when a audible voice narrator does a better job than my own imagination but Richard Poe brought East of Eden to life for me. His use of accents for characters that need them is spectacular. I will admit that his female voices aren't terrific but they don't detract from the story in my opinion. His terrific delivery for all the male characters far out shadows the average performance for the rest.
The story's best aspect is that all of the characters are relatable. There is not a single person in the story that I wouldn't be able to find a part of myself in. Not only that but how John Steinbeck describes the people and interactions are so similar to how I look at people it was a little eerie.
Lee by far
Absolutely. In fact I would drive aimlessly for an hour or two longer than I intended so that I could keep listening. I didn't even want to stop listening long enough to go inside and plug in there.
I recommend everyone read this book. It is a piece of art. Pure and simple.
I have always loved Steinbeck and Richard Poe is a fantastic narrator. Loved the whole experience. Of course the story is breathtaking in scope and severity, love and loss, human pain and struggle beautifully presented. The theme running through the stories is heartbreaking and serves as a beautiful backdrop for the gospel. It is into this real and tragic world that Jesus came to save men and women from themselves and free us from the curse of sin. It is us, these damaged creatures, who are redeemed and made alive and adopted into a spiritual family with God as a loving and perfect father who never fails us. I love these kind of stories for the contrast they provide. Thoroughly enjoyable.
The amazing thing about reading is that you feel like you are simultaneously in two worlds at once. Not many novels can achieve this, but East of Eden had me engulfed in a world that I so desperately want to visit. Steinbeck made these characters believable in such a way that if I were to visit Salinas Valley, that I would find it exactly as depicted in the story. It's a masterpiece and changed my way of thinking. Timshel is now engraved in my thought process, and for that I am eternally grateful to John for this book.
There is no book comparable to this masterpiece. If you are contemplating buying this book, just do it. Let this be your self indugled purchase. This novel is worth more than any amount of money you could spend to purchase it.
Samuel Hamilton was my absolute favorite character.
I didn't have any profound emotional responses, but I found myself questioning my own life. The characters in this book influenced me in a number of different ways. It's crazy how fictional characters can change your life.
East of Eden, the masterpiece of an American master of fiction, contains all o the faults and glories of being human.
This narrator did a good job of conveying joy and anguish, but the editing of the spaces at the ends of the chapters was inconsistent, which I found a bit jarring.
I think everyone should know this story, and Audible is a great way to make its acquaintance!
I dont know what to say other than i loved it. Nothing analytical from me. I just put it on and pressed play and finished it in four days, then at the end when it stopped i thought what a wonderful story, i loved it. So glad i gave this old classic a try, it had everything
another Steinbeck classic
The grapes of Wrath. both are great stories. Steinbeck has gift of being able to describe and build characters, and through stories to help us relate to our human struggles and questions and inner motives.
narrator did a good job
the last 10 minutes brought tears to my eyes
I've never read the printed version, but it's hard to imagine it being any better than the audio version. I probably would have slogged through the book over the course of a year or so, but with the audio version I was done in three weeks or so.
Not quite sure. Other Steinbeck novels, I guess.
No, but Poe's performance was magnificent.
East of Eden was like a long-lasting vacation. I didn't want to listen to all of it in one sitting, because it was so wonderful to take it piece by piece over the stretch of a few weeks.
This is an outstanding book. It's one that will make you think deeply about choice, sin, family, good and evil. It gave me new insights into religion and agency. It was poignant and touching, and I couldn't stop talking about it. I loved every bit of this book.
I really like to read, and when I discovered I could get things done while listening to my favorite books, it was a light bulb moment.
I highly recommend listening to East of Eden. Richard Poe did a great job, and it brings the story to life.
The conflicts between good and bad, the descriptive words of Steinbeck, the characters, everything came together. This is my favorite book, maybe because of the narration, because I haven't really been a Steinbeck fan until now.
I think Sam was one of my favorites. He just came alive. His time with Adam, the naming of the twins, his philosophies, etc., just made his character come alive to me. The darkness of Kathy was just so well done. Hard to take sometimes.
I can't imagine being able to listen to this book in one setting, but I truly looked forward to the next time I was able to listen.
In my opinion, there are four ways to listen to an audible book. While doing a mundane task, walking the dog, exercising, and road trips. Love it.