East of Eden by John Steinbeck audiobook

East of Eden

By John Steinbeck
Reading by Richard Poe

Penguin Audio 9780142429211
25.32 Hours 1
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Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel 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. The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.

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A #1 New York Times bestseller

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 10 Classics That Never Get Old

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The 2004 Audie Award Winner for Best Narration

Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel 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.

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.

Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A moving, crying pageant with wilderness strengths.” Carl Sandburg
“A fantasia of history and myth.” New York Times Book Review
“A novel planned on the grandest possible scale…One of those occasions when a writer has aimed high and then summoned every ounce of energy, talent, seriousness, and passion of which he was capable…It is an entirely interesting and impressive book.” New York Herald Tribune
“One of [Steinbeck’s] greatest novels, a saga about the meaning of life that encompasses the best and worst of what it means to be human.” BookReporter.com
Richard Poe’s performance of EAST OF EDEN, John Steinbeck’s allegory of Cain and Abel, is a masterpiece. Although not the critical success of some of Steinbeck’s other works, this is a title that every audiobook aficionado should experience. The novel is about characters, and about “character,” which Poe clearly understands. He reads as though inhabiting the psyches of the two generations of Trask men around whom the story revolves: Charles and Adam, and Caleb and Aron. Where Poe truly excels, however, is with his portrayals of other key figures, in particular, Lee, the Trasks’ loyal servant, friend, and confidante, and Cathy Ames, whom Adam marries, only to be betrayed in more than biblical ways. The book is long but moves at a surprisingly brisk pace for such a dense yet thoroughly accessible work. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award; 2004 Audie Award Winner AudioFile

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Author Bio: John Steinbeck

Author Bio: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (1902–1968) remains one of the quintessential writers of American literature. Born in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humor and keen social perception.” He wrote more than twenty-five novels during his lifetime.

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Available Formats : CD
Runtime: 25.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English