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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: 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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