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'There is only one book to a man,' Steinbeck wrote of East of Eden, his most ambitious novel. Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. 

Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

©1952 John Steinbeck (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Amazing writing, the narration disappointed me

I love Steinbeck and have read most of his books. I started reading the print version of East of Eden and was excited to hear that the audiobook had been released. That means that I can continue 'reading' when driving the car. Steinbeck is so good at getting under the skin of his subjects and describing life in America.
I was so disappointed with the narration. Why have an English narrator attempting to put on an American accent? Much of the story is from the point of view of an elderly man, yet the narrator sounds young. Surely a seasoned American voice is what is needed for this classic story.
Update. I tried, but couldn't live with the narration. I returned the title.

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  • 25-05-22

Extraordinary piece of work

This book is a masterpiece. The author takes the listener by the hand and slowly reveals his story. I learnt a great deal from this book.

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Beauty is not skin deep.

I've been waiting 5 years for this, one of my favourite books to be read on audible; and finally they've given me one. On reading the first review and listening to the sample, I was disappointed. Why with this one, Steinbeck's best work, my favourite, the one I've waited so long for.
I decided on giving it a go though, and on the third chapter it's already bringing tears to my eyes. For the beautiful writing and the excellent narration.
If Steinbeck himself said that this was his best work, it then perhaps is well worth the read, and Simon Manyonda makes it also, an excellent listen.
Just finished it. Still stand by my review. Perhaps Simon needs to brush up on his Irish accent, and go easy on different girl voices, though still and excellent read of the most lovely book.

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  • 08-03-22

MUST READ

I can't wait for enough time to pass so that I can pick up this book again. Brilliant read!