yeah, simple and engaging. its a decent read with historic highlights. great read if you can separate yourself from the political.
the crazy guy in the beginning who hides in fields and ditches and also the truck drivers. they are the only normal ones not serving a political purpose that i can tell.
maybe grandpa or Jim Casey, idk he does a really good job with all of them
yeah i hated how it ended and was kinda let down
you could almost rewrite this book today using illegal immigration except Mexicans are treated better than the okies for the most part.
Second only to East of Eden. Only because I enjoyed the story better though, the narration in wrath is better. Baker's character voices are spot on and very entertaining.
I really enjoyed the parallels I can observe with today's financial crisis. It's novels like this that help us regain perspective that we desperately need.
No, I am still a novice when it comes to audiobooks, but I would absolutely listen to another of his reads.
Yes, both. This story grips you from your core and has made me a lifetime Steinbeck fan. I read Cannery Row a few years ago and really enjoyed it, but I had no idea how much more I would enjoy books listening to them read to me. Mabye it brings me back to my childhood, but there is nothing quite like having a book read to you.
Wonderful story, a true adventure!
What a wonderful story. I remember listening to my Grandparents talk about when they had to go to California, and it really hit home to hear how everyone had to live and what they had to endure to keep our family together. What tough honorable people they were.
I can't think of any.
He was awesome, his voice reminded me of Henry Fonda in the movie version. And the different voices he used was great.
I cried almost all the way through.
I haven't heard anything close to this yet...it will be hard to find anything else that will keep my interest...ha ha!
I'm a nurse practitioner that loves to let my imagination run when listening to books. Takes me forever to read, so I love listening!
Possibly, but doubtful. I tend to listen to books only once, no matter how great I thought it was. There is simply a lack of suspense during the second read.
Hmmm...Difficult question. I liked the preacher's
No, I don't think so.
Few books or movies will make me laugh or cry. I did have a few guttural reactions, however. The very last scene was a surprise, but 49% bitter, and 51% sweet.
One of the great, interesting classics, written about a time in America's history that I really learned little about in school. Most of my generation, including me, don't understand what this lifestyle is like. I felt as if I were riding in the truck and camping on the roadside with them.
Mental Health Counselor, war resistor, socialist
The crisp, clear, imagery with which Steinbeck evokes an era and the relevance of times that were harder than diamonds, comes forth again - read by a time machine/chameleon-impersonator, who had me wondering if someone hadn't brought Henry Fonda, or perhaps the real Tom Joad into our modern world.
Tom Joad, the narrator and protagonist of the tale, now a classic, has no competition for the Favorite Character award. One could argue, however, that Ma Joad, being the glue that held it all together, showed the most character development. My favorite moment and the cathartic pivotal point of the story, leading up to the denoument, was when Joad meets up with Preacher Casey after having found him and lost him again, outside the scab prison, in which he and his family didn't even know they were breaking a strike, and as his epiphany breaks over him like a tsunami, how the
Dylan Baker brings all kinds of characters to authentic life. From truck drivers, to scabs, to kids dancing for old time bands,. His work with the imagery that Steinbeck so miraculously paints almost leaves you thinking you can remember how the metaphorical turtle's Okie twang resounded through the shifting sands of the dustbowl.
The emotional level is riveting. One of Steinbeck's ingenious devices, was to tell the story through the eyes of a recently released prisoner, who had learned the self discipline of a zen master (no references to zen in the book) in order to survive the penitentiary. I doubt that anyone will ever try to remake the old film that Henry Fonda starred in. And yet this book is able to bring it more to life than any movie could ever, precisely because not one excellently turned phrase is omitted.
I fell in love with this Penguin recording, apparently made a few years ago, when I heard a chapter or two on satellite radio. It was what lead me to Audible dot com, and what resulted in my discovery of a fully emerged new art form in oral interpretation of literature (which is what we called the required course back in my theater department days at S.F. State). If, like me, you read this book a long time ago, I would wager a bottle of Wrath Wine (which has aged remarkably well) that you will be surprised how much of it you passed over too quickly. I do believe it shaped my political thinking more than any other influence in my teens.
The only reason why I bought this audio book was because I needed to buy something from this site in order to receive a promotion from amazon. I love to read but an audio book seemed so unappealing to me so I bought this audio book without good expectations.
I loved it!! I actually read the book in high school but I simply loved the narration, the reader did a wonderful job portraying the characters and voices. This is a wonderful book and the narrator made me love audio books so I'm back, looking for more wonderful narrations!
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
Good Classic story, taken from a hard slice of life of the Jode Fambly. Besides learning about the Great Dust Bowl and the migration of the "Okies" in the 30's, Mr. Steinbeck weaves a tale of the Jode Family's dilemma of living day to day with little to eat but with the hope of a better life. Through it all, they remain giving of what little they have, while those with much more will kill the keep what they have. Every character is drawn out warts and all, with Ma the Matriarch, keeping the family together. The only downside to this audiobook was the annoying harmonica playing between each chapter. The narrator was good, with nice changes is voice style bwtn characters. Just get rid of the harmonica!
With the conditions of America, this book is a must for your libary. It has so many usful ideas for hard times. Its well written and great to listen too.
I thought the narrator did a wonderful job, and expressed the characters well. The accents, tones of voice and inflections - all done beautifully. At first I found the harmonica interludes a bit jarring too, but as I got into the story I found them evocative and appropriate. Beautiful even. As a literary work, you won't need this review to tell you that this is such a crucial piece of American history that it should be on everyones reading list. Haunting and addictive - I found it hard to stop listening.
So like lot of people I skipped this one in high school, but now understand why its a classic. Steinbeck won a Nobel prize for literature for a reason.
I really liked Baker's performance, too - it borders on acting, but never in an obtrusive way, he strikes just the right balance there.