A wonderfully told story of an American family during the great depression. A delicate mix of prose and storytelling kept me transfixed. Truly depressing - I cried more than once. And the narrator did a good job of capturing the vernacular Steinbeck included which helped distinguish between dialogue and narration. I am off to buy another Steinbeck.
The story is well-performed by the narrator. His use of the various voices and descriptive narration made me feel as if I were in the story myself. The Grapes of Wrath is not exactly a feel-good story, but it does shed light on the struggles of migrant workers. Each character is clearly drawn with his or her flaws and strengths showing through. I enjoyed listening to this novel and will listen to more Steinbeck novels.
I probably would, yes. If I was listening with someone that had not heard it before.
All of the characters were interesting in their own, but I think Ma is who I admired the most. She is strong and is a voice of reason. She loves her family very much.
Not entirely sure which scene was my favorite. As great as the book was, most of it was sad or unfortunate. I liked all the scenes that involved Ma, like when she went to the store to buy "hamburg" and coffee at an inflated price but maintained her composure in dealing with the rude store clerk.
I highly recommend this audiobook. I believe it is one of the best books ever written in American history. While it's pretty sad and unfortunate, I enjoyed it throughout. The narrator does an excellent job with the regional accents.
I am a history major and I found this book to be incredibly informative regarding the Dust Bowl and even to a hint, the Great Depression that fell over most of the east where they lost their income that they put into the bank. this book gives a very detailed and accurate depiction of what life would have been like for a Midwest farmer facing the Dust Bowl and the family also that had to move west out of no other options.
I loved the book. I love the author. I loved the reader. I did not like the harmonica. Why? What is the reason for the harmonica?
Thank you. ~jessica
Great narration and eye opening story. Hard to believe that this fictional account was reality for so many not long ago in the USA. Makes you grateful for what you have and Sarto realize that much of the world still experiences many of the tragedies in the book!
This is a brilliant story and the narration is flawless. Ma Joad, Tom Joad and Jim Casey embody the best humankind can be in the worst circumstances. Don't miss it
Written by a titan of literature at the height of his powers. Characters whose lives are seared into your mind. If you don't feel for your fellow human and rage at the system after reading this, something essential is missing from your humanity.