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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:
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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

  • “All [these stories] have one rare, creative thing: a directness of impression that makes them glow with life.” 

    New York Times

  • 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)"
  • “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 by Anne | 2/18/2014

    " Grim, but really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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