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    • Of Mice and Men

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,776
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,205

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story

    • By Rosemary on 06-25-12

    Regular price: $16.80

    • The Grapes of Wrath

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
    • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,629
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,625

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book's as good as I remembered.

    • By Josh Mitchell on 01-20-15

    Regular price: $42.00

    • East of Eden

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,261
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,554
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,570

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This Drama Prepares You for Life

    • By J.B. on 04-13-16

    Regular price: $45.50

    • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed the Journey

    • By Rebb on 12-15-11

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Cannery Row

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Five stars with a Caveat

    • By Bette on 04-23-12

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Pearl

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Hector Elizondo
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 860
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 747
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 750

    In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely poignant; incredible listen.

    • By Chris Baldwin on 05-16-14

    Regular price: $16.80

    • The Winter of Our Discontent

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 900
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 805
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 810

    In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “[R]esumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American".

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Memorable characters, great narration, POOR AUDIO

    • By Sam D. on 05-18-16

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Tortilla Flat

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 420
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 371

    Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a Camelot on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Good Book

    • By LTCKEL on 09-06-14

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Red Pony

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 143

    Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Steinbeck maybe about his youth?

    • By karen on 08-25-13

    Regular price: $16.80

    • The Moon Is Down

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    "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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A beautiful piece of propaganda!

    • By Kelly on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $16.80

    • In Dubious Battle

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    This 1936 novel—set in the California apple country—portrays a strike by migrant workers that metamorphoses from principled defiance into blind fanaticism.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best story - ever ! Awesome narrator !!!!!!!!!

    • By Inventing Mostly on 03-07-15

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Wayward Bus

    • By: John Steinbeck, Gary Schamhorst - introduction
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297

    In his first novel to follow the publication of his enormous success, The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck's vision comes wonderfully to life in this imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California's back roads, transporting the lost and the lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious away from their shattered dreams and, possibly, toward the promise of the future. This edition features an introduction by Gary Scharnhorst.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Steinbeck always touches the heart, makes you feel

    • By Kelly on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Grapes of Wrath (Dramatized)

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    Based on the epic novel by Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck. Set during the Great Depression, tells the powerful story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California. But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Dramatization killed it for me

    • By Kenneth on 02-25-11

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Log from the Sea of Cortez

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184

    The Log from the Sea of Cortez is the exciting day-by-day account of Steinbeck's trip to the Gulf of California with biologist Ed Ricketts. Drawn from the longer Sea of Cortez, it is a wonderful combination of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful Book

    • By Stuart on 10-07-17

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Grapes of Wrath

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Revisit humanity v self interest 1930's style

    • By Bruce aka (McGoolie) on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Sweet Thursday

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 339
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287

    In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that is just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The total is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

    • By Jeff on 06-15-11

    Regular price: $28.00

    • To a God Unknown

    • By: John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (introduction)
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 190

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Favorite Steinbeck; Terrible and Beautiful

    • By Michael on 04-28-13

    Regular price: $24.50

    • A Russian Journal

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Steinbeck and Capa's account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing.Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Interesting

    • By Jean on 12-04-14

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Pastures of Heaven

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125

    Today, nearly 40 years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as Penguin Classics. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Golden, mythical America

    • By Dan Harlow on 07-07-13

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Grapes of Wrath (Dramatised)

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Robert Sheehan, Michelle Fairley, Zubin Varla
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Set against the backdrop of America's Great Depression and Dust Bowl, a family of farmers from Oklahoma head west in search of work, only to discover thousands like them are also on the move. Following a violent altercation with some locals, they head back on the road with their dream of a promised land in tatters. And life is set to get much worse for the Joads....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Soap Opera

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-16

    Regular price: $15.49

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