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Publisher's Summary

The Log from the Sea of Cortez is the exciting day-by-day account of Steinbeck's trip to the Gulf of California with biologist Ed Ricketts. Drawn from the longer Sea of Cortez, it is a wonderful combination of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure.
©1979 Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV, and Thom Steinbeck (P)2012 Penguin
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5 out of 5 stars
By Stuart on 10-07-17

Beautiful Book

This book should be treasured as much for it's fascinating glimpse into pre War Mexico along the sea, but also for Steinbeck's musings on the human condition. Just when you think the book will be bogged down with tedious scientific discovery, Steinbeck makes bursts forth with some keen observation or comparison on human nature. Having spent an abundance of time along the shore of the Sea of Cortez, I knew I would enjoy this book. However, I had no idea going into this that it would prove to be one of my favorite books of all time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Cameron on 02-26-16

Devoted Steinbeck fans only.

This book is a fascinating recount of an enviable voyage through the gulf of California, but it loaded too heavily with detailed accounts of aquatic life and sailing equipment for anyone but an avid Steinbeck readers to really enjoy. Having said that, the beautiful account of the Californian and Mexican coast is truly captivating, and the trademark Steinbeck tangents into observations about life and humanity are worth the effort. Unfortunately, it never quite reaches the level of Travels with Charlie, a book to which I would direct those listeners who want to be whisked away on a journey, but who haven't the patience for several hours of talk about isopods.

Joe Barrett needs no praise from me as he is one of the most prolific audiobook artists around, and his performance here is second to none.

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