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    • The Grapes of Wrath

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
    • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,355
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,819
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,819

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

    • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

    Regular price: $42.00

    • 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 4,135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,643
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632

    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
    • KETCHUP

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-11-17

    Regular price: $16.80

    • East of Eden

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,961
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,340
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,359

    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 1,965
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758

    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 1,285
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

    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 735
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 642

    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 746
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 668
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 673

    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."

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

    • By Sam D. on 05-18-16

    Regular price: $24.50

    • 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 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146

    "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

    • Tortilla Flat

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 334
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 294

    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 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 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    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
    • The Log From the Sea of Cortez

    • By Yusef on 12-14-16

    Regular price: $24.50

    • 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 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    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 Red Pony

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 130

    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

    • To a God Unknown

    • By: John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (introduction)
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 143

    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

    • 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 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    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

    • America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really good Steinbeck journalism.....no kidding!

    • By Doug on 07-26-14

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Sweet Thursday

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241

    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

    • The Grapes of Wrath

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    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

    • Once There Was a War

    • By: John Steinbeck, Mark Bowden (editor)
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The greatest war story(ies) ever told

    • By Robert Achenbach on 07-16-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • In Dubious Battle

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    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 Long Valley

    • By: John Steinbeck, John H. Timmerman (Introduction)
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Generally Good Stories, Some are Great

    • By Michael on 06-18-13

    Regular price: $24.50

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