Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is Steinbeck’s masterpiece. Here is exposed the evil that is in men’s hearts. John Steinbeck depicts some people as monsters. Not the creepy paranormal monsters of Stephen King but a much more horrifying type of monster; the kind that lives in the head of everyone. The people in this book are complex and realistic, all the more so because their proclivities toward evil are uncomfortably familiar to anyone of Adam’s race. I recommend this as a lofty example of American novel writing, and an engrossing excursion into the true nature of man. Richard Poe narrates in a voice that just seems perfectly apt for that of a young Steinbeck. This is everything I look for in an audiobook: captivating entertainment with a hook that forces your mind to ponder.
I normally read nonfiction but have now read a few Steinbeck books. He has such a way of capturing the normal conversation between characters. This is a long book but just so well written then I really enjoyed it. The narrator was great also - had a different voice for every character.
I love this novel. While our experiences are different from person to person, our feelings aren't. There is someone or possibly several people with whom we can identify at some level in this novel. This is my favorite Steinbeck novel. Mr. Poe performs very well. It is like listening to an old radio show. I couldn't listen fast enough. I often listen at 3x speed. 2x will sound more like normal conversation.
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!