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Cannery Row Audiobook

Cannery Row

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Publisher's Summary

Here is Steinbeck’s tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependent on one another for both physical and emotional survival.

Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world, where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.

Public Domain ©1945 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

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    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 07-06-12
    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 07-06-12

    Scientist, artisan, anachronism

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    "It's obvious when it's Steinbeck, it's outstanding"

    "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)


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    Judy Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 04-26-12
    Judy Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 04-26-12

    Moved to Stratford Ontario in 2014. Listen to my stories at night in bed mostly. Like narrators that aren't too loud or shrill!

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    "I love Steinbeck! Loved the narration!"

    When I was a young child, I lived in a fishing village in the late '40's, and early '50's. There were canneries in our small village, and many of the people worked either on the boats, or in the canneries.

    There was quite a community - something like that of Cannery Row.

    We visited Monterey some years ago, and I enjoyed knowing that Steinbeck wrote about that area.

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    Thomas HAYDEN, IDAHO, United States 12-13-11
    Thomas HAYDEN, IDAHO, United States 12-13-11
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    "Amazing Contrast, then and now"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, interesting story well written
    everyday life


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Steinbeck? Why or why not?

    Yes, like his way of writing


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

    His immitations of characters gives feeling of being there


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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-04-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-04-12

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "another great seinbeck book!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cannery Row to be better than the print version?

    this is the first time i ever read it. i have become fond of steinbeck lately.


    What other book might you compare Cannery Row to and why?

    i think the two other steinbeck books i read: east of eden and grapes of wrath are similar.

    especaily grapes of wrath.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    oh the first party at doc's!!


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

    i read it in a 24 hour period.


    Any additional comments?

    such a great book. i think steinbeck has become one of my faves!

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    09-23-16
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    "Cannery Row"

    Interesting look at the simple life of a community. How the neighborhood people looked up to the doctor.

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    Andrew 07-07-16
    Andrew 07-07-16
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    "Sensational Narration"

    Great book by a literary giant. The narrator does a great job capturing the subtle wit, poetry and mirth of the text. It takes great skill and understanding to deliver every word like this. A truly enjoyable, funny, beautiful audiobook. A sensational contrast to Grapes of Wrath and Mice and Men (both also excellent). I highly recommend.

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    Darren 06-28-16
    Darren 06-28-16
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    "A great classic book."

    It's not a nail biter, just read it for the classic times of the era. To know how it was for many in the day.

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    Timeless! Cannery Row is still fresh! An excellent read. Consider it more than a classic!

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    Mothra 05-13-16
    Mothra 05-13-16
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    "Poor reading of my favorite book"

    I was so disappointed with this narration. It did not in any way capture the beauty and humor of this wonderful book. Please get Hector Elizondo to perform it. Thank you.

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    Ed Birk 04-30-16
    Ed Birk 04-30-16
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    "Vivid characters"

    Steinbeck crafts vivid and genuine characters who act out his comparison of the ways the denizens of Monterey and cannery row live their disparate lives. Mr. Lee. Doc. Mac. Dora. They lead interesting lives harmonized with their environments in an odd equilibrium.

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