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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781101530917
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"Steinbeck is an artist; and he tells stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose."--New York Herald Tribune

Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a Camelot on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur's castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging--men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude. As Steinbeck chronicles their deeds--their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking--he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 5/24/2011

    " This series of tales describes the Mexican inhabitants of Tortilla Flat. I did not find it as engaging as either of his previous works. It is still well written, still entertaining, but read one of his more famous works first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 5/17/2011

    " I read this book when I was 13 and remember not liking or understanding it. Probably because I was 13. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 5/16/2011

    " This was my 2nd Steinbeck book I read. I enjoyed his vivid discriptions of his characters; by the end of the book I felt as if I'd known these people all my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heyheybrett | 5/16/2011

    " Really, it's a collection of short stories about a band of poor men who do good deeds and drink lots of jug wine in Monterey. Total bromance. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susannah | 5/12/2011

    " I look back now to 2009 when I made a small vow to read some of the classic authors, including Steinbeck. Went to the public library and this one was available, so I read it. To me it was interesing but not too memorable. My daughters both recommend East of Eden, so that will be my next Steinbeck. "

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

    " I enjoyed the quirky humor in this book. "Lordy, I dont wants to be Preident." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriela | 4/29/2011

    " A book about the deep mysteries of a simple life in the Tortilla Flat, friends learning to be together and helping each other, a story about kindness and wine moods. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elle | 4/28/2011

    " I liked that this one was about near where I lived but I found it a little boring. Maybe that is because I was not it's target market. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/26/2011

    " I'm not really a fan. I kept reading, hoping it would expose some other side of the gang's character, but in the end I realized this is just a book about a bunch of guys who get together and drink and party. And denigrate women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kienie | 4/25/2011

    " It is well written, but I am tired of reading about characters I find repulsive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/18/2011

    " A brilliant, humorous examination of ethnic idosyncracies among Mexican peasants. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bryan | 4/17/2011

    " Disappointed. Some of the stories within the main story were captivating and often funny but overall the book seemed to be a compilation of stories that almost had a point and/or a moral to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindelynn | 4/17/2011

    " classic Steinbeck. I picked this up on my last trip to Monterey to pay tribute to John. worth the read "

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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

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, and won eleven Earphones Awards. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.