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East Of Eden

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Steinbeck

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


  • Lynn Y

    I LOVE loved this narrator. The book is awesome and amazing… Steinbeck is a genius. But the narrator made it all that much better he was amazing.

  • Albert G

    I enjoyed re-reading this classic. Exceptional writing with a fine narrator.

  • Anonymous

    This is certainly an American Masterpiece. I loved every page, every word. The narration was superb!

  • Marcelle H

    Great Narrator! Thank you Mr. Poe

  • Andrew Hermanski

    Second time reading this book, but it's one of the most incredible books ever written. The narator does an awesome job and makes to book very entertaining to listen to.

  • Julee

    Absolutely loved this book. The narrator was fantastic. The book itself did have some long, narrative places, but if you can get through those, it will be well worth it. I started reading this book, but I ended up liking to listen to it much better.

  • 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...