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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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    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
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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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    Matthew M. Clarke 11-17-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Good solid characters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cannery Row to be better than the print version?

    The audio version sparks just as much imagery as the print version. I would not consider one version better than the other.


    Which character – as performed by Jerry Farden – was your favorite?

    Doc is a really solid, hard working guy. He's there for his community when they need him and has a high level of empathy and tolerance for others who are not


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

    If my circumstances allowed it, I would have listened all the way through, start to finish. I actually listened over a few days while driving and flying and could not wait to get back into the book.


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    Amazon Customer 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Cannery Row"

    Interesting look at the simple life of a community. How the neighborhood people looked up to the doctor.

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    Andrew 07-07-16
    Andrew 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sensational Narration"

    Great book by a literary giant. The narrator does a great job capturing the subtle wit, poetry and mirth of the text. It takes great skill and understanding to deliver every word like this. A truly enjoyable, funny, beautiful audiobook. A sensational contrast to Grapes of Wrath and Mice and Men (both also excellent). I highly recommend.

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    Darren 06-28-16
    Darren 06-28-16
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    "A great classic book."

    It's not a nail biter, just read it for the classic times of the era. To know how it was for many in the day.

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    Timeless! Cannery Row is still fresh! An excellent read. Consider it more than a classic!

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    Martha Crane 05-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor reading of my favorite book"

    I was so disappointed with this narration. It did not in any way capture the beauty and humor of this wonderful book. Please get Hector Elizondo to perform it. Thank you.

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    elbpvb 04-30-16
    elbpvb 04-30-16
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    "Vivid characters"

    Steinbeck crafts vivid and genuine characters who act out his comparison of the ways the denizens of Monterey and cannery row live their disparate lives. Mr. Lee. Doc. Mac. Dora. They lead interesting lives harmonized with their environments in an odd equilibrium.

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