Full characterization . Sequentially told. Show not tell. One point of view yet periodically multi views within a chapter. Reader has opportunity to get inside characters without prejudice. Non-predictable. Rich language without self-consciousness. Philosophical message imbedded through lovable and believeable characters. Economy of sentence structure yet natural. Audible version: great narrator. Didn't force dialect or tone of different persons but easily distinguishable. I will now read more of John Steinbeck!
I've listened to quite a few audiobooks - some read by the author, some not. Never before have I listened to an audiobook that had such a high level of professional performance and consistency. The narrator truly adopted each character's personality and consistently spoke through that personality - even in the slightest of words. I have much more respect for narrators having listened to this book.
I saw a TV movie years ago and wanted to refresh myself on the story. I'm so glad I did. Richard Poe did a great job reading this book. His voice is pleasing to listen to.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story. Even though it was a story from pre-WW1, the heart of the story can be very contemporary.
I could listen to this story again. It was good to follow a family through several generations from the civil war through world war 1.
This is one of the great novels of the 20th century, one thst is overlooked in favor of Steinbeck's more popular book, The Grapes of Wrath. The narrator takes his time with this magnificent multi-generational story and gives it the seriousness that it deserves. Marvelous production.