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  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
    "Ride Along with John Steinbeck"
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    What made the experience of listening to Travels with Charley in Search of America the most enjoyable?

    Hearing descriptive writing of the characters Steinbeck encounters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy-going style


    Which character – as performed by Gary Sinise – was your favorite?

    Charley, the poodle


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for more detail about American life in the sixties. Steinbeck does touch on aspects of this time, but I was hoping for more. It is a straight account of Steinbeck's trek across the country, and it is good, but it's not a story story as you may expect. It goes a little long about Charley, Steinbeck's poodle, however, it is certainly worth a listen. For me, the ending is hilarious, and I found myself laughing about it several times for weeks after my listen. (I won't say here though!)

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  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (847)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    karen says: "American classic, not to be missed."
    "Wow!"
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    If you could sum up East of Eden in three words, what would they be?

    Relations between people


    What did you like best about this story?

    The powerful characters.


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

    Not sure, good narrator though.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A revealing of the human heart.


    Any additional comments?

    Colorful characters that show how relationships in families either flourish or falter. It shows the trajic consequences of the behavior of one man, and how that behavior transcends to the next generation. A lot of symbolism in this book also, demonstrating the sin nature in all of us.
    I can't say much else, other than as in all Steinbeck's books, they reveal the human condition, and are equally good as a history lesson too. I liked it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1127)
    Story
    (1134)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Really good."
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    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    Steinbeck's descriptive writing. He has chapters in this book where he describes the attitudes or situation of not those in the story, but the happenings around those in the story. I felt as if I were experiencing the times of the 1930's. The realism is incredible.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Tom Joad


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    This is good as a history lesson too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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