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  • Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck

    Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinese
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    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.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "KETCHUP"
  • The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck

    The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
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    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.

    J. H. Monaco says: "Wonderful Tale Punctuated with Loud Harmonic Licks"
  • East of Eden | John Steinbeck

    East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
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    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.

    J.B. says: "This Drama Prepares You for Life"
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America | John Steinbeck

    Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
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    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.

    Rebb says: "Enjoyed the Journey"
  • Cannery Row | John Steinbeck

    Cannery Row

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Jerry Farden
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    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.

    Bette says: "Five stars with a Caveat"
  • The Pearl | John Steinbeck

    The Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Hector Elizondo
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    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.

    karen says: "Steinbeck."
  • The Winter of Our Discontent | John Steinbeck

    The Winter of Our Discontent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
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    In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American."

    Sam D. says: "Memorable characters, great narration, POOR AUDIO"
  • The Wayward Bus | John Steinbeck,Gary Schamhorst - introduction

    The Wayward Bus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck, Gary Schamhorst - introduction
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
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    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.

    Kelly says: "Steinbeck always touches the heart, makes you feel"
  • Tortilla Flat | John Steinbeck

    Tortilla Flat

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    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.

    LTCKEL says: "A Good Book"
  • Sweet Thursday | John Steinbeck

    Sweet Thursday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Jerry Farden
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    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.

    Jeff says: "The total is Greater than the Sum of its Parts"
  • The Moon Is Down | John Steinbeck

    The Moon Is Down

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    "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.

    J. Reese says: "my new all-time favorite"
  • To a God Unknown | John Steinbeck,Robert DeMott (introduction)

    To a God Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    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.

    Michael says: "My Favorite Steinbeck; Terrible and Beautiful"
  • The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck

    The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    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.

    Bruce aka (McGoolie) says: "Revisit humanity v self interest 1930's style"
  • In Dubious Battle | John Steinbeck

    In Dubious Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    This 1936 novel—set in the California apple country—portrays a strike by migrant workers that metamorphoses from principled defiance into blind fanaticism.

    Only Living Boy In says: "Gripping and relevant"
  • The Red Pony | John Steinbeck

    The Red Pony

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    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.

    karen says: "Steinbeck maybe about his youth?"
  • America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction | John Steinbeck

    America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
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    More than three decades after his death, John Steinbeck remains one of the nation's most beloved authors. Yet few know of his career as a journalist who covered world events from the Great Depression to Vietnam. Now, this original collection offers a portrait of the artist as citizen, deeply engaged in the world around him. In addition to the complete text of Steinbeck's last published book, America and Americans, this volume brings together for the first time more than 50 of Steinbeck's finest essays and jouralistic pieces.

    Doug says: "Really good Steinbeck journalism.....no kidding!"
  • Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck

    Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
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    Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....

    Ian C Robertson says: "As Good as They Get"
  • Once There Was a War | John Steinbeck,Mark Bowden (editor)

    Once There Was a War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck, Mark Bowden (editor)
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    In 1943 John Steinbeck was on assignment for The New York Herald Tribune, writing from Italy and North Africa, and from England in the midst of the London blitz. In his dispatches he focuses on the human-scale effect of the war, portraying everyone from the guys in a bomber crew to Bob Hope on his USO tour and even fighting alongside soldiers behind enemy lines. Taken together, these writings create an indelible portrait of life in wartime.

    Robert Achenbach says: "The greatest war story(ies) ever told"
  • The Log from the Sea of Cortez | John Steinbeck

    The Log from the Sea of Cortez

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    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.

    Yusef says: "The Log From the Sea of Cortez"
  • The Long Valley | John Steinbeck,John H. Timmerman (Introduction)

    The Long Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck, John H. Timmerman (Introduction)
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
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    Adopting the structure and themes of Arthurian legend, in Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck creates a Camelot on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights. As he chronicles the thoughts and emotions, temptations and lusts of the knights, Steinbeck spins a tale as compelling as the famous legends of the Round Table.

    Michael says: "Generally Good Stories, Some are Great"
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