Sweet Thursday

  • by John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by Jerry Farden
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that is just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.


What the Critics Say

“An emphatic and clear-cut statement of Steinbeck’s greatest theme: the common bonds of humanity and love which make goodness and happiness possible.” (The New Republic)
"“A postwar continuation of Cannery Row, [Sweet Thursday is] every bit as juicy and relaxed as the original.... This is comedy—bawdy, sentimental, and good fun.” (The Atlantic)


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The total is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Take one of the finest and most warmly whimsical books ever written and couple it with a virtuoso reading and you have "Sweet Thursday", read by Jerry Farden. As with "Cannery Row", Jerry brings each character to life in a way that allows the listener to see them surely as Steinbeck saw them. They spring to life with a flavor and sensory dimension that transcends both the written and spoken genres alone. The listener can see, hear and smell the life at that time during those events at Cannery Row. Surely one of the finest couplings of written works and audio performances to be found here at Audible or indeed anywhere. I cannot recommend this book enough. I have listened to this performance on cassette hundreds of times and worn out the cassettes. Each listen is as fresh as the first. I am delighted to find a digital copy of this timeless performance. You may ask; how can you listen to a BOOK that many times? Well, like an outstanding symphonic performance; each listen allows the ear to catch nuances unheard before and to revisit old favorites yet again. The same can be said here. Give it a listen a few dozen times and see if it is not true with this performance as well. Enjoy!!!!
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- Jeff

Rarely five stars are not enough....

Wonderful. A wonderful reading of a wonderful book by an exceptional writer with some of the most pleasant characters in all of fiction. Vibrant, humorous, subtly deep, pleasantly light. Sweet. Read Cannery Row first.
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- Michael "I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-15-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio