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Cannery Row Audiobook

Cannery Row

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.
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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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    Jewel 05-30-15
    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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    S. Love 10-07-14
    S. Love 10-07-14
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    "Narrator Perfect!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cannery Row the most enjoyable?

    The narrator! I bought this audiobook because my book club was reading it. I told them all I wished they had listened to it. Of course Steinbeck's prose is wonderful, but it really came to life through this voice.


    Have you listened to any of Jerry Farden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will!


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    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 03-13-14
    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 03-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Expected more. Seemed dated."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character, Doc, did not come alive for me with the reader.


    What could John Steinbeck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More character development. I expected more. It concerns Cannery Row, the part of town of Monterey California where many poor people lived. The story was from many years ago. The pace was rambling and slow, Steinbeck could have picked up the pace. The character development was lacking, the characters were shallow for the most part.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jerry Farden’s performances?

    not if I had a choice


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think that at the time it was written it provided insight into a strata of life which many people were not aware of.


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    Robert 03-09-14
    Robert 03-09-14
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    "A Love Letter To Time & Place"
    Would you listen to Cannery Row again? Why?

    Absolutely and I have. "Canary Row" is like a love letter to a time and place you never visited. After reading this book, I felt as if I knew the characters as fully realized people. Closing the book and reaching the end of the performance, I felt as if I were saying goodbye to dear friends. The imperfectly perfect people you would wish to have as neighbors with all the love, pain and other emotions that comprise valued relationships.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cannery Row?

    I love the part in which "The Boys" party goes awry turning tragic and humorous. Particularly, the truth of how we cope with the inevitable disappointments and pain that are part and parcel of meaningful relationships.


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

    Yes


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    John Scott 02-11-14
    John Scott 02-11-14
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    "Great reading of an under-appreciated gem"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cannery Row to be better than the print version?

    Maybe. Farden reads Steinbeck like it should be read. Which is not fast. He savors the words properly.


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    Megan Encinitas, CA, United States 12-04-13
    Megan Encinitas, CA, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Could smell the sea"
    If you could sum up Cannery Row in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous
    Captivating
    Real


    What did you like best about this story?

    Steinbeck used his craft to plop you right in the group of characters. His descriptive a are so real you can practically smell Monterey!


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

    Characterization springs alive and becomes almost tactile.


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

    Listened to and from work every day until done. Thought about it until I could jump into the car again.


    Any additional comments?

    Haven't found a Steinbeck book I didn't like yet. This was yet another story to continue the following until they have all been read/heard. Could not have been more entertained.

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    Cristian SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA, United States 09-16-13
    Cristian SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "That which we want, is what we despise"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    “It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

    I am breathless.


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    Tari 06-02-13
    Tari 06-02-13
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    "not Steinbeck's best...by a long shot"
    Would you try another book from John Steinbeck and/or Jerry Farden?

    In this book, Steinbeck mostly narrates the characters so we learn about them in 3rd person - very rarely do we get inside the character's minds - which to me is like being held at arms length from knowing a character. And there are a lot of characters. They are introduced throughout the entire book, animals and people alike, up until the last 10minutes of the read. There is no plot in my opinion, just a bunch of different people living their lives. I kept waiting for something that never happened. At the end of the book, I was bewildered by the reviews stating this book is 'life changing' and 'hard to put down'. It could not hold my attention and therefore it took me a while to finish. Not just that, but the narrator spoke so slowly I resorted to listening in double speed. This helped keep my attention a bit but the content was just plain dry.


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    Jennifer 05-10-13
    Jennifer 05-10-13
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    "Steinbeck's Funniest Book!"

    I think this was one of the most provoking and in-depth novels by Steinbeck.

    Cannery Row had more thought put into the underlying message within the story. Most Steinbeck books are " what you see is what you get" They are all american stories, that can be taken literally as they are.

    However this book had more substance.

    Mac and the boys are a humorous and simple bunch of guys. Everything they did and said was funny, and you often figure if they are honestly that daft.
    All the characters seems to be this way.

    And then there is Doc, he's much like the others, but for some reason his presence and character bring a new level to the story. He's the leader that brings everyone together. He's the brains of the town. Which is not hard to be!

    In the end of the book, there is a passage read out loud by Doc that sums up the whole of the story. Its the purpose and message of the whole book.

    This is the element to Cannery Row that sets it apart from Steinbeck's other books.

    Well worth the read. Not my favourite Steinbeck. Likely because I felt it varied from what I love most about Steinbeck. But still worthy.

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