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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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    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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    Amazon Customer 05-22-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Cannery Row"

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

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    Martha Crane 05-13-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Deana Davidson 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "not my fave"
    Would you try another book from John Steinbeck and/or Jerry Farden?

    the narrator was fine- but its not my favorite book by Steinbeck. I love Grapes and East of Eden. This one was worth listening to but I didn't die over it like the others.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I think I was confused about it.


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

    read well


    Could you see Cannery Row being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I pictured a young Henry Fonda as Doc. and Mac was John Mayer. Yes that would be an impossible cast but its how I was imagining them.


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    Charles B. Moss Gainesville, FL USA 03-23-16
    Charles B. Moss Gainesville, FL USA 03-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "About People trying to get by"

    Some years ago I read Tortilla Flats. It is much the same genre. People in hard times or in a rough spot making it by the best they could. I like it better than distopias.

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    desiree 10-17-15
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    "Good narrator, mundane story"

    The voice acting was pretty good. The story is often boring and still life. One action scene at the end but otherwise just describing people and what they do. Took a long time to will myself to finish it.

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    timothy 08-11-15
    timothy 08-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite Steinbeck"

    Which says a lot. There are some authors who, once you've read one of their books, call out to you to read the rest because you've heard their song and have fallen hopelessly and forever in love.

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    Jewel 05-30-15
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    "My first Steinbeck"

    I love how he describes everything, but sometimes felt there was too much detail about the characters. Some of it was unnecessary to the story. Good read; I enjoyed it. Next up for me.....Grapes of Wrath.

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    Marti Darling Twisp, Wa United States 05-12-15
    Marti Darling Twisp, Wa United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Reminds me of my dad"

    I loved the tough & tumble stories! The resourcefulness of the characters reminds me of some of the adventures my dad would tell of his wild youth during the depression.

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