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  • Written by: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (492 ratings)

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East of Eden

Written by: John Steinbeck
Narrated by: Richard Poe
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Publisher's Summary

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

©1952 John Steinbeck; Renewed 1980 Elaine Steinbeck, Thom Steinbeck, and John Steinbeck IV (P)2011 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"A novel planned on the grandest possible scale...One of those occasions when a writer has aimed high and then summoned every ounce of energy, talent, seriousness, and passion of which he was capable.... It is an entirely interesting and impressive book." (The New York Herald Tribune)

"A fantasia and myth...a strange and original work of art." (The New York Times Book Review)

"A moving, crying pageant with wilderness strengths." (Carl Sandburg)

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Great Listen

loved this book, excellent narrative and engaging story. this book had me finding excuses to continue listening

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intertwining tale

deeper meanings then on the surface based in reality and relatable flawed characters, Cain and Able symbolism through out and the concept that evil is a choice.

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Awesome book

Awesome book by one of the greatest authors of all time. I will try another one soon. Thank you for producing the Audible version.

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Well done

Read the book many years ago, was looking for a classic to listen to. I was hooked early, Story was narrated well and ended too soon ☺️

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East of Eden

I had forgotten what a wonderful writer John Steinbeck was. The story is beautifully written, rich and full of meaning. I read the book before but listening to it was a wonderful experience when read by an excellent reader! I’m sure I’ll listen to it again.

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INCREDIBLE

listening to it the 2nd time. can't believe I hadn't heard of it till now. a must read!

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Amazing book

Incredible book wow wow wow!!! Amazing characters and story. So sad it is over. Must read

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worth reading!

first few chapters are slow but well worth the wait. a must read or listen

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No wasted words

The author really captured what it is like to be human. That most people are neather good nor bad but somewhere in between. Also you could never really guess where it was leading or how it would wrap up. It left me pleasantly surprised. Clearly in the category of a one a kind masterpiece.

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A great read and a great performance

This is one of the few audiobooks that I will listen to again. The story is very interesting and the narration was superb! I'll be looking for more by this author and this narrator.

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