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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Jerry Farden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781101530924
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 5/18/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books, Steinbeck was one of the best ever, and this was a simple story about his trip across America with his dog. I would recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 5/15/2011

    " I generally dislike Steinbeck's novels, but this book was so different than his other works. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 5/12/2011

    " I was really disappointed to learn that much of this book was fabricated. It's a shame that writers feel the need to deceive us. Even so, it's a lovely read about America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 5/8/2011

    " This book was very entertaining overall, but it became very somber at the end as Steinbeck travels through the South. Excellent--a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolene | 5/7/2011

    " Great narrative written at a pivotal time in this country's history. Standard Poodles are almost always an automatic pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 5/6/2011

    " One of my all-time favorite books. Love the writing style especially. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 5/1/2011

    " So much controversy over this book! I found it to be a fun, short read and enjoyed the discussions in my Travel Writing class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RK | 4/30/2011

    " this book was cruising along as just another fun read but Steinbeck's writings on race made it absolutely brilliant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Agnethe | 4/29/2011

    " I found the book very long, and not very exciting. Maybe it's because I'm from Europe, but the book didn't seem to have a story to tell me. Maybe it's outdated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 4/26/2011

    " I find that this book speaks to the true American spirit. It is a favorite and a book one can find comfort in knowing that as time passes, some things never change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/24/2011

    " A good solid travel book. The best parts are his honesty in how he sees America, and Americans, as he drives across the USA in 1960. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 4/21/2011

    " Part of my Steinbeck phase. Fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/21/2011

    " We read this aloud on our road trip last summer, which was a wonderful way to read it. "

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About the Author
Author 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.