A STANDOUT in the Steinbeck canon, Cup of Gold is edgy and adventurous, brash and distrustful of society, and sure to add a new dimension to the common perception of this all-American writer. Steinbeck?s first novel and sole work of historical fiction contains themes that resonate throughout the author?s prodigious body of work. From the mid-1650s through the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of legendary viciousness, ruled the Spanish Main. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and America, striking terror wherever he went. And he had two driving ambitions: to possess the beautiful woman called La Santa Roja, and to conquer Panama, the ?cup of gold.?
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by John Steinbeck
"Narrator Ronan Vibert's bravura performance enhances the poetry and romance of Steinbeck's first book, a novelization of the life of Henry Morgan, seventeenth-century privateer, though even his talent can't always transcend the novel's occasional silliness. He imbues the dialogue with quiet, intense emotion but stays appropriate to the characters and their situations. This restrained passion adds energy and color to the text, and draws the listener in. His character voices are skillfully varied, usually, and his variety of British accents is excellent, though his non-British women tend to sound the same. His tonal interpretations of the text show both taste and intelligence. Vibert does this minor work in the Steinbeck canon proud, turning the book into a play performed in the intimacy of the listener's mind. W.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"