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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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    JackMargo St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-14-12
    JackMargo St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-14-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "One of the Best Stories Ever Written"

    The first time I read Cannery Row was in junior college in the early 60's. I have always loved the characters and the flow of the story. Having lived in Monterey, California, for some time, I always felt a part of the story. Hearing it performed was very different than the voices that I conjured up when I read it to myself. Not worse, not better - just very different. For that reason alone I would recommend it very highly to anyone who likes the story. Perhaps it is like drinking good beer from an ice cold mug rather than the bottle.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 07-06-12
    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Scientist, artisan, anachronism

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    "It's obvious when it's Steinbeck, it's outstanding"

    "Cannery row in Montaray, in California, is: a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery row is: the gathered and scattered ,tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honkey tonks, restaurants and whore houses and little crowded groceries, laboratories and flop houses. It's inhabitants are, as the man once said: whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches; by which he meant everybody. Had the man looked through another peep-hole, he might have said: saints and angels and martyrs and holy men, and he would have meant the same thing." (from the preface, by Steinbeck)

    Steinbeck knows hardship. He knows what is forged in the heart in the flames of tribulation. He knows goodness, knows badness. He captures situations, environments, events and the emotional effects of the combination of these that is life. Steinbeck has a specific style and it is consistent in each of his novels. It is obvious when it is a Steinbeck. This story, as always, is great.

    (my other Steinbeck ratings: grapes of wrath- 5; of mice and men- 5; the pearl- 5; cannery row- 5; tortilla flat- 5)


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    Judy Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 04-26-12
    Judy Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 04-26-12 Listener Since 2008

    Moved to Stratford Ontario in 2014. Listen to my stories at night in bed mostly. Like narrators that aren't too loud or shrill!

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    "I love Steinbeck! Loved the narration!"

    When I was a young child, I lived in a fishing village in the late '40's, and early '50's. There were canneries in our small village, and many of the people worked either on the boats, or in the canneries.

    There was quite a community - something like that of Cannery Row.

    We visited Monterey some years ago, and I enjoyed knowing that Steinbeck wrote about that area.

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    Thomas HAYDEN, IDAHO, United States 12-13-11
    Thomas HAYDEN, IDAHO, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Contrast, then and now"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, interesting story well written
    everyday life


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Steinbeck? Why or why not?

    Yes, like his way of writing


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

    His immitations of characters gives feeling of being there


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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-04-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "another great seinbeck book!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cannery Row to be better than the print version?

    this is the first time i ever read it. i have become fond of steinbeck lately.


    What other book might you compare Cannery Row to and why?

    i think the two other steinbeck books i read: east of eden and grapes of wrath are similar.

    especaily grapes of wrath.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    oh the first party at doc's!!


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

    i read it in a 24 hour period.


    Any additional comments?

    such a great book. i think steinbeck has become one of my faves!

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    Ellen T. Brady Surfside Beach, SC United States 05-16-17
    Ellen T. Brady Surfside Beach, SC United States 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved this classic!"

    we should all revisit the classics. character study at its finest! Steinbeck does it do well!

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    Stephen T. Mcdavid Ocean Springs, MS USA 05-12-17
    Stephen T. Mcdavid Ocean Springs, MS USA 05-12-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Heartbreakingly beautiful"

    This is my favorite book of all time, I have savored it perhaps half a dozen times. It has allowed me the smallest peephole into the rich and fathomless lives of the characters created by John Steinbeck. I have visited cannery row and mourn the loss of it's innocence as it is thronged by tourists like me. All of us would like a taste of what was created, but all we can do is weep at the site where Ed Ricketts, the character of doc, was killed at the railroad crossing. This book so fills me with longing and joy, it will be read and listened to again and again.

    Even now...

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    Gary W. Hines 04-29-17
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    "Book is much different from the movie"

    I really enjoyed listening to Cannery Row. Prior to this, my only exposure with this was seeing the movie with Nick Nolte and Debra Winger. The book is similar in tone to the movie, but much different in content. In the book, here is no Suzy (played by Debra Winger), Hazel didn't break Doc's arm, there is no Seer, Doc was not a baseball player who got out of the business after throwing a pitch that seriously injured another player. The madam is Dora in the book, but her name is Fauna in the movie. The movie has no Asian grocer, who is a main character in the book.
    Yet, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as pure, unabridged Steinbeck, despite my ever-growing amazement at Hollywood's licentious treatment of classic literature.

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    Charlie 12-21-16
    Charlie 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterpiece"

    This is a wonderful story about the various characters of humanity. Beautifully written, fun and playful with powerful messages.

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    KIRAN U NAMBALLA 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best"
    Where does Cannery Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Stories don't get any simpler than this. One of my favorite books for the simplicity of the characters. Great narration by Jerry too.


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

    The first party.


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

    Yes!


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