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Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Hector Elizondo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781101530986
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“There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.”
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security....

A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love. Download and start listening now!


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.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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.

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kamryn | 6/6/2011

    " This book is okay. I had to read this for summer reading. I also have to read I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson. "

About the Author

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

Hector Elizondo is a stage, film, and television actor who was born and raised in New York. He has appeared in many Broadway productions, most notably in Arthur Penn’s Sly Fox. His many film credits include Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, both alongside Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, as well as The Princess Diaries and Valentine’s Day.