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    • Of Mice and Men

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • livin off the fat of tha land<br />

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-15

    Price: CDN$ 21.05

    • The Grapes of Wrath

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
    • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Sometimes.i.write.reviews on 2019-01-22

    Price: CDN$ 55.58

    • East of Eden

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 73
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worthy of its reputation

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-01-16

    Price: CDN$ 60.21

    • The Winter of Our Discontent

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “[R]esumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American".

    Price: CDN$ 32.42

    • Cannery Row

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.

    Price: CDN$ 32.42

    • Des souris et des hommes

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Lorant Deutsch, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Jacques Gamblin, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    En Californie, pendant la Grande Crise, Lennie et George vont de ferme en ferme. Ils louent leurs bras en attendant le jour où ils auront leur ferme à eux, avec un petit bout de luzerne pour élever des lapins. Lennie, malgré sa taille de colosse, n'a pas plus de malice qu'un enfant de six ans ; George veille sur lui, le protège du monde qui n'est pas tendre aux innocents. Le soir, ils se racontent leur rêve, celui de la maison et des lapins. Mais allez savoir pourquoi, les rêves de certains finissent toujours en cauchemars.

    Price: CDN$ 26.99

    • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • you simply cannot go wrong with Steinbeck.

    • By Lesli on 2017-10-27

    Price: CDN$ 35.09

    • Tortilla Flat

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Price: CDN$ 32.42

    • The Pearl

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Hector Elizondo
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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    In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterpiece

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-02-10

    Price: CDN$ 21.05

    • The Red Pony

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.

    Price: CDN$ 22.23

    • The Wayward Bus

    • Written by: John Steinbeck, Gary Schamhorst - introduction
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In his first novel to follow the publication of his enormous success, The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck's vision comes wonderfully to life in this imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California's back roads, transporting the lost and the lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious away from their shattered dreams and, possibly, toward the promise of the future. This edition features an introduction by Gary Scharnhorst.

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

    • In Dubious Battle

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    This 1936 novel—set in the California apple country—portrays a strike by migrant workers that metamorphoses from principled defiance into blind fanaticism.

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

    • To a God Unknown

    • Written by: John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (introduction)
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Set in familiar Steinbeck territory, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man's attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God.

    Price: CDN$ 31.23

    • The Long Valley

    • Written by: John Steinbeck, John H. Timmerman (Introduction)
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    Price: CDN$ 32.42

    • The Log from the Sea of Cortez

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    The Log from the Sea of Cortez is the exciting day-by-day account of Steinbeck's trip to the Gulf of California with biologist Ed Ricketts. Drawn from the longer Sea of Cortez, it is a wonderful combination of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure.

    Price: CDN$ 32.42

    • Burning Bright

    • A Play in Story Form
    • Written by: John Steinbeck, John Ditsky
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The last of John Steinbeck's play-novelettes, Burning Bright was the author's final attempt after 1937's Of Mice and Men and 1942's The Moon is Down to create what he saw as a new, experimental literary form. Four scenes, four people: the husband who yearns for a son, ignorant of his own sterility; the wife who commits adultery to fulfill her husband's wish; the father of the child; and the outsider whose actions will affect them all.

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

    • Sweet Thursday

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that is just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

    • The Pastures of Heaven

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 Penguin Classics. 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.

    Price: CDN$ 32.42

    • The Grapes of Wrath (Dramatised)

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Robert Sheehan, Michelle Fairley, Zubin Varla
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Set against the backdrop of America's Great Depression and Dust Bowl, a family of farmers from Oklahoma head west in search of work, only to discover thousands like them are also on the move. Following a violent altercation with some locals, they head back on the road with their dream of a promised land in tatters. And life is set to get much worse for the Joads....

    Price: CDN$ 16.40

    • The Moon Is Down

    • Written by: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    "Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat." This compelling, dignified and moving novel was inspired by and based upon the Nazi invasion of neutral Norway. Set in an imaginary European mining town, it shows what happens when a ruthless totalitarian power is up against an occupied democracy with an overwhelming desire to be free.

    Price: CDN$ 22.23

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