"Cannery row in Montaray, in California, is: a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery row is: the gathered and scattered ,tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honkey tonks, restaurants and whore houses and little crowded groceries, laboratories and flop houses. It's inhabitants are, as the man once said: whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches; by which he meant everybody. Had the man looked through another peep-hole, he might have said: saints and angels and martyrs and holy men, and he would have meant the same thing." (from the preface, by Steinbeck)
Steinbeck knows hardship. He knows what is forged in the heart in the flames of tribulation. He knows goodness, knows badness. He captures situations, environments, events and the emotional effects of the combination of these that is life. Steinbeck has a specific style and it is consistent in each of his novels. It is obvious when it is a Steinbeck. This story, as always, is great.
(my other Steinbeck ratings: grapes of wrath- 5; of mice and men- 5; the pearl- 5; cannery row- 5; tortilla flat- 5)
this is #1.
Ulysses is the single best book on audible.
One of the most incredible books of all time. Stream of consciousness… pure thought coming out in words. Simple and complex at once. A masterpiece. The masterpiece.
I thought nothing could make it better. I was wrong.
This reading brought the novel to life in no way I could have imagined. Any other reading pales in comparison. And it’s not just Jim Norton that gives a stellar performance. No no… Marcella Riordan … is amazing. absolutely amazing. She gives the end monologue so much sensuality that i get chills when I hear it.
I truly believe there is no better audiobook on audible.
i hope you get the pleasure
tale of 2 cities is tale of 2 cities. it's a landmark novel. it's my favorite Dickens. and this is the best of the versions. i have several versions and this is the one.
it is Simon Vance that makes the difference. he's perfect in this narration. he's better than any other. perfect articulation. perfect cadence. perfect tone. perfect meter. a perfect version.
in fact, i believe, this is one of the best of the audiobooks on audible. i have listened to this one over and over. maybe i've put it on a dozen times. why? this reading is poetry of sound and story. this is a pleasure to hear.
i hope you enjoy it.
* Mick Jagger
King’s narration is not always well received. He’s bland, at times; he doesn't pull punches. He is unique. & some ppl hate his readings. when King reads he’s a hit or miss. Here he hits. He nails it.
This is a live reading. he is happy. He's wicked. You can hear a smirk on his face if you listen closely. he reads it right.
The story floored me. More wit than rotten; more homestead humor than horror. This is one of those real stories of real ppl in real places facing real problems. You see that here and there with a King short; this is one.
Now I like my King to have horror. Like in the Library Policeman (one of my favorites), great horror is what I expect. So when he tosses out a real story, and I love it, it catches me off guard. But even in the absence of the horror it is fantastic.
This is a great story. If your'e a King fan, as I am, you’ll probably dig it...
this is a star wars story for zombie fans.
Most of the reviews are rite- this is a good and gory book. more so than star wars. Much more since star wars wasn't gory at all… no, this is a zombie story with all the gore that any other zombie story has.
There’s a great part where a guy is dying from the lung virus; he tries to talk through the coughing that is killing him. The scene is graphic with just the onomatopoeia(s?) of the suffering in the grueling monologue. But the narrator just nails the scene. His retching while gasping for words… came off real. Really hard to believe that he could narrate it so well.
Anyway, it’s a gory book for fans of gory books much more than for star wars fans. With all the star wars stuff: references, sound effects & creatures, it may not appeal to the true zombie fans either.
Really this is for the ppl that like zombies and star wars.
Any other buys it will do so at their own risk…
Bullying, abuse, tyrannical religious monsters, twisted christian values… this one is a juicy, sink your teeth into, masterwork.
The pain she endures from her religious, nut-job mamma is excruciating. It is real. It is something that can be believed in and experienced during the read.
The use of the letters and newspaper clips that break up the character narrations make it unique, unusual.
indeed this is great story telling. this is one of King's best
when i get a King novel i expect horror. i want supernatural. i want creepy. i want escape from the normal.
this is NOT his horror e'specialty.
this IS a wonderful, powerful, engrossing novel. i loved it. there was no horror, bit it didn't need it. this one got to me somewhere else; somewhere that is not horrible...
i have read more than half of King's canon. Joyland proves that King is not just the master of horror, he's a master of writing.
another entertaining bit of horror from joe. the kinda-christmas theme was annoying. dispite that the book still turned out well.
Horns and Hell House were both better books. i would recommend them before this one. if you read them then this should satisfy.
i liked Damned. i really like Tai's voice (the narrator). but Doomed... this i don't understand. i can't get my wits around the fact that Chuck could produce such a novel. really, how does someone let themselves go like this?
i'm sure the die-hard fans will still get the book despite the reviews, but they'll be disappointed. it's hard to put into words what is lacking from the story, i'm sure there are some other, more eloquent reviews that explain the story's issues. so i'll leave that to them.
for me, rite outa the gate i knew this book was gonna suck. but he really lost me when the 11yr old girl got her shirt ejaculated on after manually masturbating an old man through a glory hole in the men's room.
I've come to expect some crass from Chuck, about 1/2 his books have some rude sexual situations. but come on, 11yrs old is too much. this is not what i expect from him.
oh well. they can't all be zingers**
better luck next time.
** - les claypool
is it just me or does anyone see the similarity to The Stand, by Steve King?
this book is well written, yeah, but in each scene i can't stop thinking of the Stand. it's sooooo close to being the same plot. there's disaster that decimates human kind; an evil entity reminiscent of the Satan character in Christian mythology; there's an innocent with special powers that is on a quest; there is the foreshadowing of a clash between good and evil... it's the Stand 2 (or the Stand too).
maybe if you've never read the Stand you'll find this to be a fantastic yarn. Or maybe you like the Stand so much that you wish there was another... well this is for you. however, it just wasn't for me.
it is well written, and as far as I've listened to the tale it seems like a fine story. but i just cant get by the feeling of the rip-off. i had to stop at about 25%...
i can't say much about this book 'cuz i couldn't take much. I've tried multiple and various attempts at a listen... it never gets better.
i didn't get far enough to judge the story, but what i heard seamed vapid.
however, the book's murderer is the narrator. it's grueling. torture. unendurable.
I've read all the others & i am a Palahniuk fan. the thought that i will never know this story is saddening, but sometimes the truth hurts. & truth is i would rather hear the dentist's drill grind my teeth than this narration.
what a shame
("Survivor" remains my favorite of his novels)
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