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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781101596760
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Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America’s greatest writers and cultural figures.

This collection, first published in 1938, serves as a wonderful introduction to Steinbeck’s work. Set in the beautiful Salinas Valley of California, where simple people farm the land and struggle to find a place for themselves in the world, these stories reflect Steinbeck’s characteristic interests: the tensions between town and country, laborers and owners, past and present. Included here are the O. Henry Prize–winning story “The Murder”; “The Chrysanthemums,” perhaps Steinbeck’s most challenging story, both personally and artistically; “Flight”; “The Snake”; “The White Quail”; and the classic tales of “The Red Pony.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans better than any other writer of the twentieth century. (The Dallas Morning News) A man whose work was equal to the vast social themes that drove him. (Don DeLillo)"
  • “All [these stories] have one rare, creative thing: a directness of impression that makes them glow with life.” 

    New York Times

  • “One of the bright and shining lights in our literary horizon…Each story is a gem…Short stories at their best.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/18/2014

    " Grim, but really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/15/2014

    " A compilation of Steinbeck's short stories. Simple, beautifully woven stories. Set in California's Salinas Valley, the stories reflect Steinbeck's themes of struggle, history and people. Classic stories such as "The Murder", The Chrysanthemums" and the "Red Pony" are all great introductions to Steinbeck's work. But don't overlook little gems like "Breakfast". This was my third or fourth re-reading of this collection. It never grows cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/1/2014

    " A perfect collection of short stories to read while travelling through central California. Not all of the stories are great - some are better than others. But reading it gives you the sense that you are watching Steinbeck grow up as a writer. Many of the writing styles and character descriptions are those you see perfected in some of his best novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 meliss | 1/18/2014

    " A nice short story collection, but a little uneven. Some stories were amazing and others were a bit boring or aimless. Still, I do enjoy Steinbeck's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell Woodward | 1/16/2014

    " good steinbeck short stories. the last one is the red pony. i've read this one a few times before, so i skipped it. sometimes it's nice to read a bunch of short depressing stories rather than one long depressing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cora | 1/3/2014

    " Great as always, Steinbeck tells the stories of several families and people. This book is 4 stories condensed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Henderson | 1/3/2014

    " This book taught me the best way to enjoy a collection of short stories...not all at once. It's best to read these stories one at a time with other reading mixed in between. Why? Each one has a really good message that needs to be considered before moving on to the next completely different message. While some stories were better than others, as a whole the collection was typically thought provoking as has been my experience with other Steinbeck works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara Walsh | 1/2/2014

    " Early Steinbeck. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 12/31/2013

    " similar to steinbecks pastures of heaven, but lacking the charm that at least some of those tales hold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody Hadden | 12/13/2013

    " "The Chrysanthemums" will draw a portrait of passion. "Breakfast" will show you the simplicity of the human condition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 12/5/2013

    " Two of the best short stories ever- The Chrysanthemums and The White Quail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 11/26/2013

    " I freaking love Steinbeck "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcy | 11/26/2013

    " This is a book of short stories and though I am not a short story kind of girl, Steinbeck is a genius and I thoroughly enjoyed them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greta Roussos | 9/22/2013

    " Steinbeck describes the world of each story in words I always enjoy & appreciated. This collection of short stories was worthwhile companionship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JubJub | 5/14/2013

    " A collection of short stories, with the only connection between them being the Californian setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/4/2013

    " I like John Steinbeck, and I love short stories. So it's no suprise I liked this collection of Steinbeck's short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Srinath Sridhar | 3/29/2013

    " Very good read..some weak stories ..but well worth it for the short story the Red Pony. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Carney | 2/22/2013

    " An interesting sketch of characters but I think calling these short stories is a bit of a stretch "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/20/2012

    " I LOVED these stories! "Chrysanthemums" and "The White Quail" were my favorites... It probably helps that I went on a Long Valley "field trip" during the Steinbeck institute. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryce Emley | 12/12/2012

    " a collection of short stories; some are really good, others are a bit average. but there are only like ten or twelve i think, so pretty light reading. if you're into steinbeck you might want to check out his short stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Collins | 10/19/2012

    " "Johnny Bear" and "The Harness" rank with the top twenty short stories ever written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 10/3/2012

    " Steinbeck is a great story teller, but he leaves nothing to the imagination. If you're a fan of Hemingway's sparse prose, you may not like Steinbeck's style. But if you like a good story told around a campfire, Steinbeck's your man. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others. Graham is the winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.