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East of Eden | [John Steinbeck]

East of Eden

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Joseph United States 08-06-13
    Joseph United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So good that I was sad to hear it end"
    Would you listen to East of Eden again? Why?

    Absolutely. This is a beautiful book with incredible narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of East of Eden?

    The discussion of the word "timshel".


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

    His handling of the emotion (or lack thereof) in each character that brings them to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A beautiful display of the best and worst of the human condition.


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    Brent 06-02-13
    Brent 06-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book with excellent narration"
    Would you listen to East of Eden again? Why?

    Yes, I fully intend to. The characters and setting are so real and interesting that I want to experience the book again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lee, because he was awesome and wise.


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

    It's the first I've listened to with Richard Poe, but I hope it's not the last.


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

    It made me laugh in parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see why it's considered a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mydailypause dot org Dallas, Tx. 05-22-13
    mydailypause dot org Dallas, Tx. 05-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Butch A.

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    "I can't believe it had to end."

    When the end of the story came, all I could say was "wow." This novel is excellent.

    Poe's reading style fit right into the story and you hardly knew he was there. I will look for more performances by him.

    The finished product is a little strange. There are very long breaks between sections and then there will be an extremely short or no break to transition the chapter. That was the only reason I chipped off a start for the overall package - It really effected the mental flow
    you get in while listening.

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    Gayle Hallgren-Rezac Vancouver, BC 03-30-13
    Gayle Hallgren-Rezac Vancouver, BC 03-30-13 Member Since 2009

    I love books, but I particularly love audio books. What a luxury to have someone like Campbell Scott read you to sleep.

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    "Classic, well read."
    What did you love best about East of Eden?

    If you haven't read East of Eden, this audio version is very good. John Steinbeck's brilliance shines through in this epic story. The characters are truly unique. A hooker without a heart of gold is a woman not often described in such chilling way. This is classic American story well worth the time.


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    Don Washington, DC, United States 03-24-13
    Don Washington, DC, United States 03-24-13
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    "Great story, well told!"
    What other book might you compare East of Eden to and why?

    Certainly Steinbeck's other works about California and its role as a symbol of so much of the human condition and the American story in particular.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    He inhabited each of the characters, bringing to life their stories, without it ever sounding forced or unnatural. That's just it, it was a natural reading, a solid telling of an epic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    East of Eden: An Escape.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-21-13 Member Since 2013

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    This is a beautiful and moving story. It is heart wrenching.
    I wanted it to end.
    I highly recommend it.

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    Julie 03-05-13
    Julie 03-05-13
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    "A Classic Definitely Worth Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, to anyone interested in American-California history, it is a great story about the Salinas Valley.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam Hamilton was my favorite charcter, he was so human and loving. Even though he wasn't physically present for a portion of the book, his spirit affected the entirety of the novel.


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

    I enjoyed the typically human comedic moments, and dreaded the results of the sad times, even when I knew it was fiction!


    Any additional comments?

    It took me a little while to really get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.

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    Nicole PROVO, UT, United States 02-02-13
    Nicole PROVO, UT, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The synopsis of the book was great, but it was way, way to long for me.


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    Karen Gambrills, MD, United States 01-18-13
    Karen Gambrills, MD, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a classic book, well presented.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lee, the Chinese servant. He is presented with depth of character.


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    Tina Maryville, TN, United States 11-28-12
    Tina Maryville, TN, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classics never disappoint!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of East of Eden to be better than the print version?

    No, East of Eden was the first "good" book I read in high school. I have re-read it three times. I just love some of the passages and analogies.


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