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!
I always knew I loved "Of Mice and Men" but this is just so smart and so well executed by the author. East of Eden has so many layers and it's so fascinating to pull back one and then delve into the next. What I mean, is I learned so much about myself, who I am, who I want to be, and the people around me. This book has added more meaning to my life. I also very much enjoyed the voice artist, Richard Poe, the way he subtly, as if not even trying, slips into the different roles and voices for different characters. It's not distracting as it sometimes is. THANK YOU, Audible for recommending this for me!!
Les Miserables - because of the major impact on me. Also, the theme of lack of acceptance and overcoming
Not really a scene, because the story was so interwoven throughout... But I loved the character developement.
Yes. When Caleb tries to convince Abbra he is no good, but she accepts him and says she has her dad in her too just like he has his mom.
There is a lot of racist jargon, that is off-putting, but it suits the story.
Absolutely. This is a beautiful book with incredible narration.
The discussion of the word "timshel".
His handling of the emotion (or lack thereof) in each character that brings them to life.
A beautiful display of the best and worst of the human condition.
Yes, I fully intend to. The characters and setting are so real and interesting that I want to experience the book again.
Lee, because he was awesome and wise.
It's the first I've listened to with Richard Poe, but I hope it's not the last.
It made me laugh in parts.
I can see why it's considered a classic.
When the end of the story came, all I could say was "wow." This novel is excellent.
Poe's reading style fit right into the story and you hardly knew he was there. I will look for more performances by him.
The finished product is a little strange. There are very long breaks between sections and then there will be an extremely short or no break to transition the chapter. That was the only reason I chipped off a start for the overall package - It really effected the mental flow
you get in while listening.
I love books, but I particularly love audio books. What a luxury to have someone like Campbell Scott read you to sleep.
If you haven't read East of Eden, this audio version is very good. John Steinbeck's brilliance shines through in this epic story. The characters are truly unique. A hooker without a heart of gold is a woman not often described in such chilling way. This is classic American story well worth the time.
Certainly Steinbeck's other works about California and its role as a symbol of so much of the human condition and the American story in particular.
He inhabited each of the characters, bringing to life their stories, without it ever sounding forced or unnatural. That's just it, it was a natural reading, a solid telling of an epic.
East of Eden: An Escape.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
This is a beautiful and moving story. It is heart wrenching.
I wanted it to end.
I highly recommend it.
Yes, to anyone interested in American-California history, it is a great story about the Salinas Valley.
Sam Hamilton was my favorite charcter, he was so human and loving. Even though he wasn't physically present for a portion of the book, his spirit affected the entirety of the novel.
I enjoyed the typically human comedic moments, and dreaded the results of the sad times, even when I knew it was fiction!
It took me a little while to really get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.
I thought this book was good, the story was thought provoking and I liked the symbolism. However it was a bit long and uneventful at times.
The book end quickly and that was disspointing after such a long intro and middle. The last part of the book seems to lack any time perameters and detail. It fell apart for me.
Glad I read it, but Im not sure I could say I loved it.