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East of Eden

274 ratings

Summary

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.

©1952 John Steinbeck; Renewed 1980 Elaine Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, and John Steinbeck IV (P)2011 Penguin Audio

Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
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The Kiss Quotient

205 ratings

Summary

A cosmopolitan title to get excited about in 2018!  Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.  The Vietnamese-Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and he agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan - from foreplay to more-than-missionary position... Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses but also to crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges convinces Stella that love is the best kind of logic...

©2018 Helen Hoang (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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The Grapes of Wrath

173 ratings

Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers. 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 driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. From their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of this new America, Steinbeck creates a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity.

©1939 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
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Of Mice and Men

160 ratings

Summary

Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and beloved novels. 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. Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as “a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.

©1937 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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Des souris et des hommes

51 ratings

Summary

En Californie, pendant la Grande Crise, Lennie et George vont de ferme en ferme. Ils louent leurs bras en attendant le jour où ils auront leur ferme à eux, avec un petit bout de luzerne pour élever des lapins. Lennie, malgré sa taille de colosse, n'a pas plus de malice qu'un enfant de six ans ; George veille sur lui, le protège du monde qui n'est pas tendre aux innocents. Le soir, ils se racontent leur rêve, celui de la maison et des lapins. Mais allez savoir pourquoi, les rêves de certains finissent toujours en cauchemars.

©1939 Éditions Gallimard (P)2004 Éditions Gallimard

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Travels with Charley in Search of America

29 ratings

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A stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade—and a moving elegy for more innocent times. 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.

©1962 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Cannery Row

22 ratings

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

Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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The Winter of Our Discontent

17 ratings

Summary

The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers - a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis. 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”. Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition.

©1961, 1989 John Steinbeck (P)2012 Penguin Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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The Pearl

13 ratings

Summary

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. Originally published in 1947, The Pearl shows why Steinbeck’s style has made him one of the most beloved American writers: it is a simple story of simple people, recounted with the warmth and sincerity and unrivaled craftsmanship Steinbeck brings to his writing. It is tragedy in the great tradition, beautifully conveying not despair but hope for mankind.

©1945, 1973 Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV, Thom Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Hector Elizondo
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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The Wayward Bus

6 ratings

Summary

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.

©1947 John Steinbeck (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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The Moon Is Down

6 ratings

Summary

"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.

©1942; 1970 John Steinbeck; Elaine A Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV (P)2011 Penguin Audio

Narrator: George Guidall
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Tortilla Flat

5 ratings

Summary

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. As Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking—he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.

Public Domain (P)2011 Penguin

Narrator: John McDonough
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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In Dubious Battle

4 ratings

Summary

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

©1936 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
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The Pastures of Heaven

4 ratings

Summary

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. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of listeners and to the many who revisit them again and again.

©1960 John Steinbeck (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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Sweet Thursday

3 ratings

Summary

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.

©1954 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

Narrator: Jerry Farden
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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To a God Unknown

3 ratings

Summary

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.

©2012 Penguin Audio (P)1933 John Steinbeck

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The Log from the Sea of Cortez

3 ratings

Summary

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.

©1979 Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV, and Thom Steinbeck (P)2012 Penguin

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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L'Ombre du tyran

3 ratings

Summary

L'angoisse pèse sur Ta'Kayla. Si les souverains du nord du continent sont persuadés que Vaten Mer'rock, l'empereur de Der'Killia, va les envahir et ainsi achever son rêve de régner en maître absolu sur les contrées, ils n'ont en revanche aucune idée des détails de son plan. Ils ignorent qu'une grande partie de celui-ci repose sur les épaules d'une orpheline de vingt-deux ans, recueillie enfant par Vaten Mer'rock dans le but déclaré d'en faire la dame de compagnie de sa fille, Soyeline, et dans le but secret d'en faire un assassin d'élite voué aux ténèbres et dévoué à son maître. Devenue l'ombre du Tyran, Aylin Or'riel se voit confier la mission de tuer l'héritier du royaume sekari, dont l'existence avait été soigneusement dissimulée à l'avidité impériale que le feu roi soupçonnait d'être à l'origine des morts mystérieuses de ses autres fils. Elevé dans le temple de Shank Al'Rin par des moines depuis vingt-trois ans, Lando Sekarin ne se doute pas du piège qui l'attend sur le chemin vers cette couronne éclaboussée du sang des siens. Et il ne se doute pas que sa rencontre avec l'ombre fera tout basculer.

©2019 Aurélie Venem (P)2021 Audible Studios

Category: Romance, Fantasy
Length: 30 hrs and 35 mins
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A Russian Journal

3 ratings

Summary

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. This rare opportunity took the famous travelers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed by the New York Times as "superb" when it first appeared in 1948, A Russian Journal is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document. What they saw and movingly recorded in words and on film was what Steinbeck called "the great other side there... the private life of the Russian people." Unlike other Western reporting about Russia at the time, A Russian Journal is free of ideological obsessions. Rather, Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II - represented here in Capa's stirring photographs alongside Steinbeck's masterful prose. Through it all, we are given intimate glimpses of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle. This edition features an introduction by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.

©1948 John Steinbeck (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

1 rating

Summary

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.

©2003 The Estate of John Steinbeck (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Henry Strozier
Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
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The Grapes of Wrath (Dramatized)

1 rating

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Based on the epic novel by Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck. Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath 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. Starring Shirley Knight as Ma Joad, Frank Galati’s heart-wrenching adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel finds its timeless heart in the generous spirit of the common man. A full-cast production featuring: Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, Emily Bergl, Mike Buie, Daniel Chacon, Maurice Chasse, Shannon Cochran, Trista Delamere, Francis Guinan, Charlie Matthes, Rod McLachlan, Bob Pescovitz,Joel Rafael, Stephen Ramsey, Nick Sadler, Andy Taylor, Todd Waring, Fredd Wayne, Michael Weston, and Kate Williamson, with live music performed by the Joel Rafael Band.

©2009 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works

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The Long Valley

Summary

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 blackspine Penguin Classics, featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. 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. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of listeners and to the many who revisit them again and again. 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.

Public Domain (P)2012 Penguin

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The Harvest Gypsies

Summary

A collection of newspaper articles about Dust Bowl migrants in California’s Central Valley by the author of The Grapes of Wrath. Three years before his triumphant novel The Grapes of Wrath - a fictional portrayal of a Depression-era family fleeing Oklahoma during a disastrous period of drought and dust storms - John Steinbeck wrote seven articles for the San Francisco News about these history-making events and the hundreds of thousands who made their way west to work as farm laborers. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters’ camps and Hoovervilles of rural California. The Harvest Gypsies gives us an eyewitness account of the horrendous Dust Bowl migration, and provides the factual foundation for Steinbeck’s masterpiece.  '”Steinbeck’s potent blend of empathy and moral outrage was perfectly matched by the photographs of Dorothea Lange, who had caught the whole saga with her camera - the tents, the jalopies, the bindlestiffs, the pathos and courage of uprooted mothers and children.” (San Francisco Review of Books) “Steinbeck’s journalism shares the enduring quality of his famous novel.... Certain to engage students of both American literature and labor history.” (Publishers Weekly)

©1936 The San Francisco News (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Richard Poe
Category: History, Americas
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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The Grapes of Wrath (Dramatised)

Summary

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....

John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit is dramatized by Donna Franceschild and directed by Kirsty Williams.

©2013 AudioGO Ltd (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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Once There Was a War

Summary

Nobel laureate John Steinbeck's bracing from-the-frontlines account of World War II - now with a new introduction. 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.

©1971, 1986 Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV and Thom Steinbeck (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Lloyd James
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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Of Mice and Men

Summary

John Ernst Steinbeck (1902-1968) was the winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature. The novella Of Mice and Men (1937) is the story of two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression. George Milton and Lennie Small share a dream of owning their own piece of land. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within reach. Then, tragedy strikes. The themes include kindness, the bonds of friendship, and the cruelty of this world.

Public Domain (P)2021 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Tom Logan
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
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NBC University Theater: The Grapes of Wrath

Summary

NBC University Theater initially started in Chicago with a remit to bring adaptations of classic novels, usually Anglo-American, to a radio audience. Additionally, if listeners signed up, they received college credit to a radio-assisted correspondence course. A study guide, The Handbook of the World's Great Novels, was available for 25 cents.   In its later years, it also included short stories and plays, and went on to win the distinguished Peabody award. Unlike many other radio shows, University Theater did not pursue glamorous stars for its productions but instead relied on excellent distillations of the novels and first-class acting alongside high production values. But now it is time to enjoy these timeless novels. Let’s begin.

©2019 Deadtree Publishing (P)2019 Copyright Group

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