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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Hector Elizondo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A classic novella from Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck a stirring work that examines the fallacy of the American dream. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[The Pearl] has the distinction and sincerity that are evident in everything he writes.”

    New Yorker

  • “[Steinbeck has] long trained his prose style for such a task as this: that supple, unstrained, muscular power, responsive to the slightest pull of the reins.”

    Chicago Sunday Times

  • “Form is the most important thing about him. It is at its best in this work.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tiana | 6/20/2011

    " I haven't read a book of his I particularly did not like, I just was not able to keep myself interested in this book as much as others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patricia | 6/11/2011

    " There is a reason this book earned John Steinbeck the Nobel Prize. Highly recommend reading this one. There are so many lessons to be learned, so many things to think about in its story: "that peace and happiness are not to be purchased. They are, themselves, pearls beyond price." "

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

    " A haunting story that is not terribly unlike the Lord of the Rings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Esther | 6/10/2011

    " I hadn't read anything from this author before and I loved every single page of this book. It's a beautiful, sad and powerful.
    It's surprising how a short story treats topics like human nature and family in such a deep way.

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