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The Long Valley

Narrated by: Holter Graham
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Today, nearly 40 years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics, featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of listeners and to the many who revisit them again and again.

Adopting the structure and themes of Arthurian legend, in Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck creates a Camelot on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights. As he chronicles the thoughts and emotions, temptations and lusts of the knights,Steinbeck spins a tale as compelling as the famous legends of the Round Table.

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  • Michael
  • 2013-06-18

Generally Good Stories, Some are Great

This is a selection of short stories about the California Salinas Valley. The collection includes The Chrysanthemums, The White Quail, Flight, The Snake, Breakfast, The Raid, The Harness, The Vigilante, Johnny Bear, The Red Pony, The Murder, and Saint Katy the Virgin. These stories all have at least a touch of the darkness common to much of Steinbeck’s work, yet almost all of the stories have a strange, subtle and almost mystical power. These stories are generally good, some are great, some are OK. I really liked the voice and tone of the stories and the narration was excellent. This collection pairs very nicely with The Pastures of Heaven.

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  • Phyllis
  • 2014-07-10

GREAT

What did you love best about The Long Valley?

The varied stories

If you’ve listened to books by John Steinbeck and John H. Timmerman (Introduction) before, how does this one compare?

good as always

What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

his voice

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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the stories ended sp abruptly that I was into the next before I knew it. I did not like that I had no time to process what I had just heard

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  • Ashraf Abaza
  • 2019-09-25

I am struck by this man’s genius, again.

A beautiful collection of short and not so short stories.
Some stories made me laugh aloud, like st. Katherine the virgin. The red pony however is a timeless masterpiece of human literature.

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  • Marc Arndt
  • 2018-06-11

Distracting narration.

I usually listen to non-fiction, and, as a result, I have a hard time with the "performance" of some fiction audiobooks. The narrator's intonation of male and female voices was a distraction for me. I'd prefer either a straight reading, without vocal performance, or different narrators for different characters. I know it's my problem, but I wasn't able to continue with this book, one I've read a few times in th past.

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  • Haude
  • 2015-04-19

Très bien

Steinbeck's insight into the human soul is extraordinary. His style poetic and elegant. probably my best American writer. It is very well read and entertaining.