There are soooo many books yet to 'read' so I probably wouldn't...but I would highly recommend this to others.
Ma. She had the biggest character transformation from meek wife to leader of the family.
Yes...but it was entirely too long for that! I ended up changing the speed to fast on my MP3 player so that I could get to the next 'thing' quicker. The narrator was good but a bit slow for my preference.
Trans- formative experience
The reality of this story and performance make you feel like you are witnessing the events. Excellent historic fiction.
Liked them all - masterful performance by author
My reaction was a pity to see further evidences of life without A relation with Jesus Christ - not religion but relationship.
I've now put East of Eaden on my wish list!
I hadn't appreciated this book much in high school. From a more experienced perspective I now see what a fantastic book it is. It raises questions about human existence that are both timeless and timely. Paradoxically, Americans are far better off now than in the era portrayed in the book, and yet in many regards events and attitudes seem entirely too familiar. If you wonder whether there can be a compelling alternative to the recent ascendance of Objectivism, look no further.
While Baker's vocal take on Tom Joad became rather grating after a while, the variety and consistency with which the characters are voiced makes them all the more memorable and three-dimensional. I've never heard a male performer do such a great job with female voices.
yes it helped me stay focused into the story
Tom or Al Joad, Because I can relate to them the best
The head of the Womens Committee
You need to have some more excitement in the voices sometimes.... I know its a sad book but most of the book is monotone.....
It seems most readers nowadays approach this book because of a course in American Literature and, in the true essence of college students everywhere, grab a video of the movie and a copy of Cliff's Notes and leave it at that.
They are missing a great tale of a great migration. This is a story akin to the Pilgrims crossing the Atlantic or the Pioneers in their wagon trains; the second wave of the poor who fled their homes and lands with the hope they could begin anew and, this time, succeed. These are the people who fled the pogroms, the potato famines, the wars and came with hands itching to work in the new world.
The land they left was the mid west and they fled the Depression, the Dust, and their Debt. GRAPES OF WRATH is a tale of the American Clearances, as dreadful and any clearance of the Highlands, and the struggle to survive the savages: the California landowners and their unofficial armies who feared the influx of this mass of people, the California politicians who feared loss of their seats of power, the California people who feared their need to help them, to take care of them. "Okies," we called them to make them a different animal and not a fellow human being.
To better understand their plight, stop halfway through and listen to THE WORST HARD TIMES by Timothy Egan. Then come back and finish this book.
Like the words of the Grateful Dead song Touch of Gray ... I will get by ... I will survive.
"Grapes of Wrath" has a well deserved place among great literature. Dylan Baker surpasses all expectations in his reading of this classic, making this one of the best Audible experiences I have had. Dylan's characters were probably influenced by the movie (channeling Henry Fonda for sure!) but that just adds to the experience. This book will not disappoint.
I haven't read Steinbeck in years and, honestly, avoided this one for a long time. I was so wrong. It is typical Steinbeck with his typical characters. I am enjoying every minute of it. I love the strong female protagonist.
My opinion of the harmonica is that it is a little loud compared to the rest of the recording. It sort of reminds me of "Oh Brother! Where Art Thou?" and helped me get into the period of the story. The harmonica player is fantastic and I would love to hear more of that particular player. Does anyone know who it is? The only problem is you don't know when the harmonica will break in and it can be jarring, plus it gets a little redundant.
The narrator is great and he has identifiable voices for each character. You can tell who is speaking before the author identifies the speaker.
Overall I really enjoyed this audiobook and I am inspired to read or re-read some Steinbeck in the near future.
Dylan Baker's reading was fabulous. The characters truly came alive. He did both male and female characters with sensitivity and clarity.
I had read the book before. Of course, the reader identifies with Tom Joad. This time through in audio, I was very taken with the character of the Preacher. He was insightful, conflicted, and appealing.
I love the way Steinbeck writes, and Dylan Baker narrates, according to the local situation, and enviornment!
I could feel the dust, the sun, and the poverty.
I enjoyed the loyalty shared by families on the trek!
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
it is the second best...an american tradegy was THE best.
the preacher. he was so unpretentious. and honest about everyting. i felt i really knew him and i liked him.
outstanding. the best reader i have ever read.
i had to think about this as the book was full of great moments. when they got paid for the cotten picking and bought that nice food. it was nice to see them have a decent meal. but there were so many moments in this book it would take forever.
i wish there was less swearing. the story ended rather abruptly. these are the only two faults with the book. i will "read" this book again and again.