Monterey Bay: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lindsay Hatton

Narrated By: Rebecca Lowman

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: July 2016

Duration: 8 hours 20 minutes


A beautiful debut set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium--and the last days of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row

In 1940, fifteen year-old Margot Fiske arrives on the shores of Monterey Bay with her eccentric entrepreneur father. Margot  has been her father's apprentice all over the world, until an accident in Monterey's tide pools drives them apart and plunges  her head-first into the mayhem of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. 

Steinbeck is hiding out from his burgeoning fame at the raucous lab of Ed Ricketts, the biologist known as Doc in Cannery Row. Ricketts, a charismatic bohemian, quickly becomes the object of Margot's fascination. Despite Steinbeck's protests and her father's misgivings, she wrangles a job as Ricketts's sketch artist and begins drawing the strange and wonderful sea creatures he pulls from the waters of the bay.  

Unbeknownst to Margot, her father is also working with Ricketts. He is soliciting the biologist's advice on his most ambitious and controversial project to date: the transformation of the Row's largest cannery into an aquarium. When Margot begins an affair with Ricketts, she sets in motion a chain of events that will affect not just the two of them, but the future of Monterey as well.

Alternating between past and present, Monterey Bay explores histories both imagined and actual to create an unforgettable portrait of an exceptional woman, a world-famous aquarium, and the beloved town they both call home.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Sally More

    The story line didn't feel very original and it was probably due to the narrator, but I was so tired by the time I finished this book. The narrator used the same placid tone throughout, not even differentiating in the tone of the protagonist between her early years and later in life. I got really tired of hearing her but kept reading, hoping for something interesting to happen. It never really did, although what I found to be a story of betrayal by those who are supposed to protect to be unsettling and vaguely uncomfortable.

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