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Brought to you by Penguin.

One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'

Meet the gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists of Cannery Row in Monterey, California, during the Great Depression. They want to throw a party for their friend Doc, so Mack and the boys set about, in their own inimitable way, recruiting everyone in the neighbourhood to the cause. But along the way they can't help but get involved in a little mischief and misadventure. It wouldn't be Cannery Row if it was otherwise, now would it?

Packed with a ramshackle joi de vivre, Cannery Row is Steinback's high-spirited tribute to his native California.

©1945 John Steinbeck (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"Uninhibited, bawdy, compassionate, inquisitive, deeply intelligent." (Daily Telegraph)

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SteinBEST!

I have never been so absorbed by words or been so drawn in to a literary place. The narrator reads like he's living in the story and through the author's compelling characterisations, I became a phantom observer in a fictional Californian town.

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Wonderful .

Great story brought alive by the narrator a true classic in my view...really enjoyed it.

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Classic Steinbeck

It had been over 40 since I first read Cannery Row so it was a great pleasure to revisit it as an audio book beautifully read by Jerry Farden. This book is warm, witty and humane with a big heart. I defy anyone not to love it.

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Great narration

Enjoyable book, brought to life by the excellent narration.

A story of misfits and.......well, misfits and their every day lives. Not quite the same part of Monterey depicted in Big, Little Lies! Although they were misfits in their own way too. Makes for a good read / listen to.

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Beautiful

My favourite book anyway, but all of Steinbeck's humour, horror and humanity is here. A must listen.

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Classic!

A great, funny, laugh out loud listen with superbly narrated by Jerry Garden who brought animation and life to the characters. Evocative and resonant as always with John Steinbeck.

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Read superbly with great expression

Needs editing
Chapter 20 read twice
And chapter 31 and 32
Please check those chapters