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To a God Unknown | [John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (introduction)]

To a God Unknown

Set in familiar Steinbeck territory, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man's attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God.
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Set in familiar Steinbeck territory, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man's attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God.

©2012 Penguin Audio (P)1933 John Steinbeck

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-28-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "My Favorite Steinbeck; Terrible and Beautiful"

    I love Steinbeck and this has, for many years, been my favorite and was not available on Audible until recently. This early Steinbeck has exceptional writing and numerous elements appearing in his later works, in a pure, condensed, and powerful form. This novel has potent mystical imagery which might not sit well with some religious folks. Perhaps that is why this novel does not get the attention I think it deserves. The excellently narration complements the intensely beautiful and terrible writing. Like the Grapes of Wrath, this is an intense read without a lot of fun but with a thoughtful concentrated unflinching examination of life and death.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-27-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Interesting minor, early Steinbeck novel"

    An early Steinbeck filled with amazing biblical, pagan, and Greek images. The novel essentially relates the relationship between Joseph and his homesteading out West with his family. It is a story of four brothers who move from the East (Vermont) to the West (California) to homestead the land. Joseph Wayne isn't the oldest, but he is the leader/patriarch of the brothers ever since their dying father gave him his blessing (hints at Isaac’s blessing on Jacob). Joseph is convinced that his father's spirit abides in a large oak tree on his farm. He communes, talks, seeks advice and sacrifices to the Oak.

    It isn't my favorite Steinbeck, but there were parts that were amazing and powerful.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica MACON, GA, United States 10-08-13
    Jessica MACON, GA, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic and Amazing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is so good, and the narrator's voice matches the idea of the characters and setting perfectly. Such a good listen. :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 07-11-13
    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 07-11-13
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    "Early Steinbeck and Good Narrator"

    I've recently read and listened to most of Steinbeck's major works, and now want to work through his lesser known works.

    To a God Unknown was a good story. The subject matter and themes were interesting to me, so that probably helped my appreciation of it all. While this book definitely isn't as good as his other pieces, it was interesting to see all the hints of things to come.

    Jonathan Davis did a very good job as the narrator. Very professional and he suited the material very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Marion, IN, United States 02-23-14
    Rachel Marion, IN, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was not one of the easier Steinbeck novels to read, I prefer some of his other works


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    Davis' voice is difficult for me to follow, making it difficult to pay attention through the novel.I should have listened to a sample before purchasing.


    Was To a God Unknown worth the listening time?

    Not with this reader- and maybe no anyways.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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