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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781101530948
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Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside—and betrayal born within the close-knit community.

Originally published at the zenith of Nazi Germany’s power, this masterful fable uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war—and about human nature. Steinbeck’s self-described “celebration of the durability of democracy” had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. Despite Axis efforts to suppress it (in Fascist Italy, mere possession of the book was punishable by death), The Moon Is Down was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Italian, and Russian; hundreds of thousands of copies circulated throughout Europe, making it by far the most popular piece of propaganda under the occupation. Few literary works of our time have demonstrated so triumphantly the power of ideas in the face of cold steel and brute force.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/11/2011

    " A pretty inspirational story about a town in Northern Europe that is occupied in WWII. Steinbeck presents the unquenchable cry of freedom, though I'm not sure he ever reconciled the emotion with his simultaneous love of communism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/31/2011

    " I came across this at a used book sale, it "called" out to me. I loved it, a simple story of defiance in a small village during WW II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond | 5/28/2011

    " One of Steinbeck's best short novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 5/21/2011

    " Thinking about it now, I don't remember "The Moon Is Down" terribly well. An ominous, strange Steinbeck story that's short, sweet, and to the point--and also full of analogies/innuendos relating to the Second World War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 5/9/2011

    " Interesting read in light of its context...it makes me wonder what is going on in the minds of the people in the regions we currently occupy. Do they feel toward us how the towns people felt toward the invaders? What exactly is their perspective, and are we in some futile effort? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/5/2011

    " Love me some Steinbeck. Quite funny that I picked this up randomly while the US is caught, like flies conquering flypaper, managing two invasions at the same time. We're better than Nazis, though, right? USA! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosario | 5/2/2011

    " I thought the book was very good and short. It's about the invation of Nazis in a small town. In his writing he shows both sides, the soldiers and the people view of the war. I like all John Steinbook short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 5/1/2011

    " I love Steinbeck, but this wasn't my favorite of all his work. It felt heavy-handed at times, and while I enjoyed reading it, I'd recommend The Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men before this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/20/2011

    " There's a reason this is not one of Steinbeck's more well known works. Obvious propaganda, but still well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alastair | 4/17/2011

    " An interesting bit of WWII propaganda from one of my favorite authors. "

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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

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.