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The Moon Is Down

Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat." This compelling, dignified and moving novel was inspired by and based upon the Nazi invasion of neutral Norway. Set in an imaginary European mining town, it shows what happens when a ruthless totalitarian power is up against an occupied democracy with an overwhelming desire to be free.

©1942; 1970 John Steinbeck; Elaine A Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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my new all-time favorite

riveting from the opening paragraph to the closing line with no let downs between. perfect book, both in story and in writing style, read perfectly by Guidall. I can't believe this is the same author who wrote Grapes of Wrath, which I put down after a few chapters out of boredom... this book is nothing like Grapes.

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  • Mike E.
  • Kirkwood, NY United States
  • 06-11-17

A Village Resists the Nazis

Classic tale of WW2 partisan resistance to a Nazi invader. Well written and performed flawlessly

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 05-08-17

A beautiful piece of propaganda!

This year I determined to read the classics -- and that gave me the gift of reading John Steinbeck! Now I am on a mission to read everything he has written. I will tell you right up front -- I love Steinbeck. This is my 8th book of his that I have read in less than two months. I like the attention he gives to every detail when describing his characters and settings. I love the simplicity with which he writes. I love that he can describe the worst of life but make it a beautiful exploration of social norms and values. And I think I also really like him -- not the author, the person. I like how much he desired to know people. I like his views on how we treat one another. I like him. So, my review may be biased. :)

This book was written for a purpose: to encourage people to stand up to evil and oppression. And it actually served that purpose. During WWII it was a best seller in many places, including France. And it was banned by the Germans. And now, 70 years later it stands up to the test of time. It should still remind us all not to allow a tyrant in; that when the tyrant takes control we should not stay silent; that we should always use our voices and our talents to object to the things we see that are evil or wrong.

In the early 1980s, during the cold war, I served in the USAF. I was taught a lot about the evils of propaganda. I was taught about the hatred it spews. I was taught about its inherent vices. But I never saw an example of a positive and beautiful piece of propaganda. Until now.

Having shared all my raves you may wonder why I didn't give the book 5 stars. I think there are two reasons. First, I am comparing it to The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and Travels with Charley and it isn't quite as good. Second, I hated the ending. It felt like I was missing at least one chapter. It felt like a non-ending. Some may like this aspect, but I hated it and it resulted in the loss of one star.

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wonderful book, so true and informative.

very easy listen, great message and insight on the struggles in the world between the elite that want to take over and control the people.

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Wasn't for me

I didn't like this Steinbeck book nearly as much as East of Eden. I wanted to read es something with the theme of War. This book had a few humourous moments but overall felt a bit too heavy handed, and not really in a George Orwell sort of way. I wasn't really that keen on narrator either. Overall, kinda glad it was short

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  • FCD117
  • Pennsylvania
  • 12-25-18

Excellent

"The Moon Is Down" is a short novel written in the early part of World War II. Unlike the previous John Steinbeck novels that I have read, it is set in an unidentified foreign country and not the Western United States. I liked it very much, and the longer it went the more I liked it. That has happened to me before with John Steinbeck. It seems the deeper I go into his novels the more I like them. Also I felt this novel does not have some of the ethnic stereotyping that sometimes occurs with other Steinbeck novels. I listened to this audiobook and read it simultaneously and the narration was very faithful to my vintage copy of this novel. Thank You...

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  • Vicky
  • GA, United States
  • 12-16-18

The Flies Have Conquered the Flypaper

A simple story of a simple peaceful town made angry over occupation. Certain words never appear in the story. The omissions are obvious, and are used to great effect. It is a classic story of resistance unexpected. The invaders learn the meaning of fear. I love the Mayor in the story. He so correctly expresses the idea of government by the people and the position of an elected official.

I do enjoy all I've read that Steinbeck wrote. He writes simply, yet with a deep sense of understanding of human psychology. His characters are well developed and likeable, and retain a sense of human fullness, possessing both good and bad traits. Steinbeck has his own place in American history.

I read the Audible narrated by George Guidall. It goes without saying that the book was read perfectly, and with great charm and expression. It has been said that Guidall could read the phone book and make it a pleasant experience for the listener. In this book, he seemed to read as if he were there.

<blockquote>"There is no law between you and us. This is war."</blockquote>

<blockquote>"The one thing that can't be done... to break men's spirits permanently."</blockquote>

<blockquote>"Your private anger was the beginning of a public anger."</blockquote>

<blockquote>"It's all in little terms. It's people against people, not ideas against ideas."</blockquote>

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Great Book.

Great story by my favorite author of all time. My favorites East of Eden, The Wayward Bus, In Dubious Battle, The Pearl , and The Grapes of Wrath.

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fantastic book will read it many time love all John Steinbeck's work thank you very much I review of this book

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A great one but not the best

liked it and enjoyed it but lower than my expectations. The finish could be better