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Bobby Brown (Builda)

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  • The Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Hector Elizondo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

    Chris Baldwin says: "Extremely poignant; incredible listen."
    "A Movie of the mind"
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    Would you listen to The Pearl again? Why?

    Yes I would. This is a wonderful book that intrigues curious readers like myself. Regardless of how many time you listen to it, it give this feeling of suspense, persuading you to listen more and watch the scenes in your mind. This is a perfectly written and narrated book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pearl?

    The most memorable moments of this book are the scenes with the songs and their meaning. The song of evil, Family, etc..


    What does Hector Elizondo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hector makes the story come to life. He reads in such a way that he paints a picture of all that occurs in the story. I must also give credit to John Steinbeck, who articulated such wonderful scenarios, of joy, hate, lust, love, fear, dream, envy, just to name a few. This well written book, along the with the inspiring vocals of Hector Elizondo, make The Pearl a wonderful audiobook.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well to be honest, it made me a little sad at times, but mostly depressed. I must also point out that the books provide a sense of hope, willingness to strive for what you want. It give a perfect illustration of what determination is and how far people may go to achieve what they desire. Both in Kino's case, where he wishes to fulfill his dreams, regardless of the obstacles. As well as the thieves, whom, no matter what, will stop at nothing until the get the their hands on the great pearl.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book

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