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East of Eden Audiobook

East of Eden

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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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    Amazon Customer 08-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    Read it the first time many years ago listen to it 2018 just great as many years ago I feel fortunate to have been able to read stuck a great author

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    C. L. Ruane Buckeye, AZ 08-04-17
    C. L. Ruane Buckeye, AZ 08-04-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful. Insightful."
    Where does East of Eden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The evolution of the characters, especially the twins.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    Gently voice intonation. Clear, sensitive, honest.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Adam recognizes his wife for the wretch she was.


    Any additional comments?

    The wife, Kate had to be a psychopath.

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    Amazon Customer Northern California 07-31-17
    Amazon Customer Northern California 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good performance; book a bit heavy handed for my taste"

    Steinbeck hits you over the head with the Cain and Abel allusions and the characters tend to be pretty long-winded. The characters can feel a bit too perfectly drawn, even in their imperfections - if that makes sense. The elder Samuel is a comic genius - he tells you this in case you couldn't figure it out - and he offers his philosophical musings to anyone and everyone without provocation. The Chinese-American servant to the Trasks pretends to be a stereotype only to become a philosopher physician and counselor to all. He is so insightful and all-knowing that it gets a bit annoying, only to get more annoying when he is always so humble and self-deprecating. If he seems to lose his cool, it is later revealed that it was all a stratagem to manipulate a certain response. I'm happy to have finished it given its literary significance, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Anonymous 07-17-17
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    Spectacular story, it was very captivating. Excellently performed. The voices of the characters were amazingly consistent.

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    Jenna Kennedy 07-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"

    Starts off kind of slow but it all comes together for a meaningful and memorable ending.

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    Rater729 07-08-17
    Rater729 07-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disgusting and Unlistenable"

    The heavy breathing and sniffling of the narrator make this title unlistenable for me. I give more than one star only due to Audible's excellent return policy.

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    Dr. Shelley B. Kick 07-05-17
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    "Excellent"

    My favorite narrator ever never disappoints! I can see where Cormac McCarthy was influenced. Great listen!

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    David 07-01-17
    David 07-01-17
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    "Incredible"

    I have never heard such a telling story of the west at the turn of the century. The story is incredible and the performance is fantastic. I have gained much from this book and my thanks goes out to the heads and minds that have delivered it to me.

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    Hannah 06-29-17
    Hannah 06-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing story"

    love it and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good classic story about family.

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    Not Alex's account. 06-28-17
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    "Fantastic."

    Beautifully read. I found myself lost in the story multiple times. I'm going to find more books read by this narrator.

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