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  • The Pastures of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Today, nearly 40 years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as Penguin Classics. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat.

    Michael says: "Deeply Excellent Loosely Coupled Shorts"
    "How Do You Paint a Dream?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pastures of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Steinbeck's words are best experienced with your eyes closed. His words brush the canvas of your mind like no other. It is hard to read print with your eyes closed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way that each short story loosely linked with the others and their characters. The exact timeline of each story was left for the reader to determine. The conclusion of each chapter left me hungry for the next.


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

    He is so relaxed in his delivery that I accidentally dozed off a few times and had to find my place again after I awoke.


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

    Having spent several years working and living in and around the Salinas Valley, I am somewhat familiar with the terrain and surroundings. However, the Pastures of Heaven was a fictional oasis within this already beautiful countryside depicted only as John Steinbeck could do.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now 4 or 5 books short from completing all of Steinbeck's works. Pasture's of Heaven was my favorite. I think he could write a book about watching paint dry and he would find the words to make it interesting.

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