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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Steinbeck Narrator: Jeff Harding Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is a fiction debut that is cause for celebration. Growing up in a family that valued the art of storytelling and the power of oral history, Thomas Steinbeck now follows in his father's footsteps with a brilliant story collection.

Down to a Soundless Sea resonates with the rich history and culture of California, recalling vivid details of life in Monterey County from the turn of the century through the 1930s. Steinbeck accomplishes an amazing feat: His stories have the feel of classic literature, but his haunting voice, forceful narrative drive, and dazzling imagery are unmistakably his own.

In seven stories, Steinbeck traces the fates and dreams of an eccentric cast of characters, from sailors and ranchers to doctors and immigrants - as each struggles to carve out a living in the often inhospitable environment of rocky cliffs, crashing surf, and rough patches of land along the California coast.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca | 4/14/2013

    " This is a wonderful collection of short stories by his son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laurie | 11/17/2012

    " EVERY BIT AS GIFTED AS HIS DAD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben | 6/24/2012

    " Strong, likable characters. Few surprises in the stories. Sometimes the familiarity was comforting. Sometimes it made the story drag. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cynthia | 5/16/2012

    " Written by John Steinbeck's son, this book was a dead-ringer for the elder Steinbeck's work in tone, setting, style and characters. I enjoyed the tales but found the son's lack on independence a little disturbing. "

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About the Author

Thomas Steinbeck has sold numerous screenplays over the course of his career. He has also written several books of short works, including Down to a Soundless Sea, and several novels. Along with his writing and producing obligations, Mr. Steinbeck does a great deal of public speaking, lecturing on American literature, creative writing, and the communication arts and their benefits to contemporary society. He serves as an honorary board member at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood and the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, as well as the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California. He has been an active and verbal proponent of authors’ rights and in 2009 worked closely with his friend Arlo Guthrie in a successful initiative to implement an extension to the settlement negotiations between Google and the Author’s Guild.