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by John Steinbeck | Read by Jonathan Davis

Set in California’s Central Valley, Steinbeck’s novel tells the story of four brothers from Vermont who settle in the West. Mysterious Joseph, loyal Thomas, pious Burton, and rebellious Benjamin all contribute an individual influence to the land. Jonathan Davis’s narrative style mimics Steinbeck’s unhurried prose. Filled with environmental description, the novel profits from Davis’s calm, detailed narration. His vocal characterizations are equally well suited to the work. The protagonist, Joseph, is portrayed in a firm, almost monotone voice, characteristic of his thoughtful nature. Davis also skillfully portrays Hispanic and regional accents. His carefully executed reading enhances Steinbeck’s unique narrative voice. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine