I love learning about different parts of history, and I felt that the author painted a great picture for what life was like for many migrant families during the great depression. I read that the author actually spent time in the camps doing research for this book, so I felt that it was a dependable description. I love when things have an element of reality to them, even when it may not be a pleasant one. You also get to like all of the characters, though I wasn't sure at first that I would.
The ending left a lot of loose ends. This was clearly the author's intention and obviously a story in this setting would not have had a fairy tale ending, but it would be nice if he had given us something after spending the whole book wondering what would happen to the characters...
This was the first one but I enjoyed his narration very much. He brought life and uniqueness to the characters without going over the top. (with the exception of the commitee ladies in the camp- i thought they were a little over the top!)
I believe there was a film...look it up!
Didn't appreciate the harmonica music blaring in at random moments, but I'm assuming that's when I would have changed cds if I wasn't listening on my phone...
No. I couldn't take the sadness and the swearing again, but I'm glad I heard it and got a feel for the Depression.
The mother. She was the glue that held all members together through it all.
I like the way he was able to make his voice and pronunciation sound like the characters he was depicting.
The story is timeless.
That the narrator sounded a little like Henry Fonda so it also made the story immediately familiar.
No. First time I had listened to his work.
I listened to this with my 8 year old. There is some cursing but the story is great. She made the observation that the machine of the bank is very similar to the foreclosure crises that we are coming through. Found that pretty insightful for a child. She loved the characters. I loved hearing the story after reading it years before. Its a long book and worth the time.
Tell us about yourself!
It made me think. Nothing is really different, regardless of time, when one looks at the character of people.
Timeless societal relevance.
A few character voices sounded to similar.
Certainly was moving and captivating for this listener.
A classic that comes to life with audio performance.
It feels ridiculous to say "hey, guess what? grapes of wrath is a really good book", but i found myself saying it repeatedly. Also, the narration is performed and paced so well that it's hard to imagine the book without it. The harmonica music is too loud, but that hardly detracts from one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
Dylan Baker's reading of "Grapes of Wrath" breathes life and emotion into John Steinbeck's classic work. Rooted in Steinbeck's wonderful prose, Mr. Baker has a unique ability to pull the listener into the novel as though one is an invisible participant in all that happens. Steinbeck would be pleased.
Well, it's a classic, so what's not to like?
John Steinbeck is excellent. In my opinion one of the most incredible authors of the twentieth century. An amazing understanding of the human condition.
Eh. He's good, but part of what I dislike about that book is a personal general dislike for the southern drawl style prevalent in this book and many others from the period. If that doesn't bother you, than Dylan Baker does a fine job.
Clearly the bot that creates these questions doesn't skim through IMDB first.
Great book, a classic, etc., etc. But, I would very highly recommend "East of Eden", also by Steinbeck. One of the greatest books ever written, and one which I think greatly outdoes "The Grapes of Wrath".
This book speaks not only to the pain of the Dust Bowl, but to what our people are facing today. It reminds us of how the only way for people to survive hard times is to band together. We are always stronger as a group than we are in our "rugged individualism". I recommend this book to anyone who reads headlines today. It will give lessons in kindness, solidarity, humanity and dignity that we really need now to get us through.