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East of Eden

By: John Steinbeck,David Wyatt - introduction
Narrated by: Simon Manyonda
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'There is only one book to a man,' Steinbeck wrote of East of Eden, his most ambitious novel. Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. 

Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

©1952 John Steinbeck (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Awesome story but...

This story is one of my all time favourites, however this narrator tries to do voices and accents. They shouldn't. Some of his female voices could be made more pleasant by replacing them with nails scratching a chalkboard

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A classic but not my fave

A good bunch of characters, one Is a tad too perfect and preachy, one self-loathing hero, a sweet strong heroine and a few really horrible bad-asses that were of course the most enjoyable and entertaining. Ok this is a famous classic and overall ok but a bit too dated for me, as a woman it was eye-opening to read about the attitudes towards women. Couldn’t decide if I liked the narrator or not but all in all solid 3 stars.

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Staring into the light and dark.

A detailed mix of historical detail and biblical allegory that pulls the reader into an examination of the human soul.
Steinbeck is America’s Dostoevsky.

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A Literary Achievement

One of the best things you can do with your life. This is a novel that is hard to put down. It has some of the more memorable characters in literature, and is rich with Steinbeck’s stripped back, yet vivid prose. Strong narration too.

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Loved this book! Will read again for sure.

The book itself is beautiful but I think what really made me connect with this book is was the narrator. Simon Manyonda was a perfect choice to narrate this book. Will definitely read this again.

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Another Classic

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A must listen. Epic narration

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All the tragedy and wisdom of the Bible in a condensed Story!

Powerful story, couldn’t stop listening.

Feels like the wisdom of generations and their tragedies were melted down into that complex woven story!

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Philosophy and drama

Loved the narration, kept my interest throughout. Great book and the narrative makes you draw parallels in your own life with its weaving of biblical paradox’s and the human condition throughout an epic story. Excellent

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Amazing

Everyone has already written about how great this book is and I stand with them in agreement. What I would like to pay particular attention to is the impressive narration by Simon Manyonda. Just when I thought Steinbeck’s work couldn’t get any better, Simon comes and elevates the book to new heights. The life he brings to his reading; the accents, the emphasis, the storytelling - absolutely superb. Well done, Simon.

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A great book, deserves better narration

The book deserves its classic status, but is more approachable than many classics. interesting treatment of nature vs nurture, with free will thrown into the mix.

The narrator starts using a flat "this is important " tone on most every sentence, but gets better over time. His character voices irritated me, especially for female characters and Lee.

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