Cannery Row

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881 ratings

Cannery Row Publisher's Summary

Here is Steinbeck’s tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependent on one another for both physical and emotional survival.

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.

Public Domain (P)2011 Penguin
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  • Book 1

    • Cannery Row

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

    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

    • Cannery Row

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Trevor White
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits - gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists - survive side by side in a jumble of adventure and mischief. Lee Chong, the astute owner of the well-stocked grocery store, is also the proprietor of the Palace Flophouse that Mack and his troupe of good-natured 'boys' call home. Dora, of the flaming orange hair and taste for Nile-green dresses, runs the brothel with clockwork efficiency and a generous heart.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Do you remember that party?

    • By Chrissie on 04-22-13

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • Sweet Thursday

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Paul Birchard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, Steinbeck brilliantly re-creates its bawdy, high-spirited world of bums, drunks and hookers, telling the story of what happened to everyone after the war. There’s Fauna, the latest madam at the Bear Flag brothel; Doc, still there for everyone else but feeling strangely sad himself; and Suzy, the new hustler in town who might just be the girl to save him.

    Regular price: $20.03

    • Sweet Thursday

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281

    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