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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
    (351)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (313)

    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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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13596)
    Performance
    (5990)
    Story
    (6071)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "It's okay, not as good as I expected."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to someone who wants a light, entertaining story, but you better not analyze it too much, or you may be disappointed, it's kind of like those made for TV movies a particular greeting card company puts out every year.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book was an interesting take on a depression era circus, however some of the dialogue sounds too modern, yet it gets the point across, the least interesting fodder is the drawn out love affair.


    Which character – as performed by David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones – was your favorite?

    Jacob 93 is more suspenseful, until the last several chapters when you know where we're going with it.


    Could you see Water for Elephants being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Someone told me it was made into a movie, I may see it to see how the book was translated to film.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the story starts off well, but seems as though it drags in the middle somewhat and becomes predictable. I did find myself listening to the end; however, just to find out what would happen, which shows it has some merit, but I found the use of so many parallelisms irritating: Here are some examples: SPOILER ALERT:Protagonist took care of Rosie the elephant/ Rosemary the nurse takes care of protagonist, we get it. Jeesh, that in itself isn't too bad, but then we go on with:Jake 23 who leaves his knife at the pillow of the enemy husband of his love affair; the similar thing David did to Solomon to show he could of killed him but didn't, we get it. And we never hear the reaction from the enemy husband either, which based on our prior experience with this guy who roughs people up for drinking a bottle of gin, I can't imagine what he'd do if he woke to find a knife beside his head, but okay. Parallelism of Jake liquor harming Camel, protagonist's name is Jake, he takes care of the animals, we get it. Parallelism of (another spoiler alert) the protagonist running off to the circus when he's young, and again when he's old, and while we're at it, wouldn't the modern circus guy be charged with abduction if he gets caught? Would he really take that chance?It's just too much, too obvious for me, and as the reader I feel as though I'm being used. (But I did read it to the end). Some other beefs: I got the impression that the ending was longer and the author was told to "cut it down." And I find it hard to believe that these circus folk would ingratiate themselves to this 23 year old punk, even though he was a veterinarian. I just had a difficult time seeing the ringleader/animal leader inviting the protagonist into dinners with his wife, being that he's a jealous dude, but hey, I guess it could happen. My biggest letdown was not finding out why the lawyer couldn't have watered the elephants in his day, there was no real explanation on that one, and to tell you the truth, I felt betrayed that it was never explained how Jake93 knew the old lawyer was lying!

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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
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1110)

    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.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "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.

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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1434)

    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.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "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.

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