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Tortilla Flat

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Steinbeck

Narrated By: John McDonough

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: April 2011

Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

'Steinbeck is an artist; and he tells stories of these lovable thieves and adulterers with a gentle and poetic purity of heart and of prose.'--New York Herald Tribune

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. As Steinbeck chronicles their deeds--their multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking--he spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him.

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  • Phil G.

    Superb narration of a book that IMHO did not rise to the quality of other Steinbeck books.

  • Greg Reese

    well written and well read. A real treat to read along with and equally rewarding listening.