This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
©1952 John Steinbeck; Renewed 1980 Elaine Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, and John Steinbeck IV (P)2011 Penguin Audio
I've listened to quite a few audiobooks - some read by the author, some not. Never before have I listened to an audiobook that had such a high level of professional performance and consistency. The narrator truly adopted each character's personality and consistently spoke through that personality - even in the slightest of words. I have much more respect for narrators having listened to this book.
I saw a TV movie years ago and wanted to refresh myself on the story. I'm so glad I did. Richard Poe did a great job reading this book. His voice is pleasing to listen to.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story. Even though it was a story from pre-WW1, the heart of the story can be very contemporary.
I could listen to this story again. It was good to follow a family through several generations from the civil war through world war 1.
This is one of the great novels of the 20th century, one thst is overlooked in favor of Steinbeck's more popular book, The Grapes of Wrath. The narrator takes his time with this magnificent multi-generational story and gives it the seriousness that it deserves. Marvelous production.
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