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East Of Eden

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By:

Narrated By: Richard Poe

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2011

Duration: 25 hours 25 minutes


The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years-a vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis

In his journal, Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel 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. Here is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

"A fantasia of history and myth . . . a strange and original work of art." -The New York Times Book Review


  • Beau Bruhwiler

    Brilliant. The review feature of requires 50 characters, while the word "brilliant" sums it all up. Brevity has its place when it comes to criticism.

  • Gwen Spain

    Narrators worked for me! Captured the essence of the story precisely! I had to quit cleaning

  • Suze

    Finally realized that the problem with this book is the narrator. He is very difficult to listen to over all of these hours to get through the unabridged version. Still worth a listen.

  • Charlene

    Absolutely enthralling!! Had always meant to read this book. Probably one of the best books I have ever "read". A real page turner (I know I was listening to it but you know what I mean). Richard Poe is incredible. I did not want to do anything except listen to this book! It is 25 hrs but worth every minute. The story is hopeful and touchng, tragic and sad. NOBODY writes like Steinbeck...