"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.
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.