Family, Good, Evil
First Time LIstening to Richard Poe... Great Narrator.
Laughed Out Loud at parts and it made me very introspective.
A great sweeping story about family, good and evil. It's a thinking man or woman's story. It's not just a hole, nor even a well. It's a cavern, with millions of passages and it goes on to depths of an unknown end. It had me laughing out loud at parts and accidentally awaking my lovely bride from her slumber. It nevered made me shed a tear, but it definitely makes one reflect and think on one's own struggles, accomplishments, joys and sorrows.
I listened to East of Eden as an audiobook, narrated by Richard Poe and thoroughly enjoyed him as a narrator and storyteller.
I only opted for four stars only because it did not leave me with an, "Oh my gosh" feeling at its ending, but It did grant me with a great sense of accomplishment and many life thoughts upon its closure.
In my opinion John Steinbeck is one of, if not the, best authors of all time.
I read the print a long time ago and loved it, but an accident has messed up my ability to read. I have problems recognizing even the simplest of words (periodically, not constantly). I finally got the nerve to listen to the text and I am loving it.
I haven't reache him, yet, but I know the story well. Lee is my favorite. His inquisitiveness and open-mindedness makes him feel like a kindred spirit to me.
He is giving each character that I have experienced equal emphasis, but I am still early in the book.
There is a line that I know I will react to. Shortly after Sam Hammelton's death, there Iis an exchange between Adam and Lee. Lee needs time off. What for? "I want to scatter devil papers," Lee said. "I want to put a little roast pig on the grave of my father." Because of the level of friendship Samuel and he had reached, I always felt that he intended to do that ritual on Sam's grave to ease him in to the after life. It also reminds me of the loss of my grand father, so that line, in particular, will make me cry. Timshel is also a concept that I find very moving.
While Richard's voice is a little higher in the tenor range than I would prefer it (doesn't have to be a James Earl Jones kinda basso, but...), I am definitely getting used to it. He is doing a fine job telling the story. Note that this is my first direct experience with an audiobook. I should have tried this years ago, but I feared having some problems with short term memory.
I would recommend this audio book to a friend because of the message shared throughout the 2nd half of the book.
I found the ending to be incredibly meaningful. The sections of the book that deal with philosophy and human nature are incredibly insightful and at times inspiring. Steinbeck seems to know human nature so well, and to be able to put it into words artfully. It was also incredible at how well he captured the time period covered in the book.
Brink of madness. I always felt, every character, was on the brink of insanity, based on how the narrator spoke. It is Steinbeck, so it wasn't far from the truth, however, it was somewhat exhausting to listen to.
I felt the first 1/2 of the book to be somewhat overly long and without direction. It was somewhat interesting, but I felt Steinbeck could have set-up the 2nd 1/2 of the book in a quicker way and achieved the same result. This book is geared at an adult audience and takes a candid approach to adult situations and themes like prostitution, whore houses, sex, suicide, mental illness, abortion and murder.
East of Eden is, hands down, my favorite book of all time. I've listened to it three times now, at different times of my own experiences, and it always has me enthralled with its magnificent and thought provoking story.
Absolutely loved the book. I am not a reader and have just started listening to some of the classics...this was such a thought provoking book for me I can honestly say it was life changing, the narrator was great as well.
That being said, the production company didn't give me even half a second to take in the final line. Immediately a voice came on and gave me "I hope you enjoyed...." And it ruined the moment. Just give me 5 seconds please!!!
I love Steinbeck and if you do too, this one won't disappoint. East of Eden is at times long winded, but the foundations he lays in the side stories are so important to the context of the era and characters. I laughed out loud multiple times and cried at least three others.
I only found myself zoning out the narrator's performance a handful of times, but i find that quite impressive considering it's over 24 hours of audio.
My only negative is that I've finished it.
This is a truly remarkable novel. In my opinion it is Steinbeck's best. If he had only written one book and this was it, that would be the only thing he need do to solidify his place among the greatest novelist of the 20th Century.