This was a truly eye-opening book about the dust bowl and the great migration to California and all that immigrants had to endure and try to survive. It was heart-breaking and yet uplifting at the same time. The narrator did an excellent job.
An amazing performance of one of the great American novels unfortunately marred by the choice of the boneheaded director to insert obscenely loud harmonica riffs between each and every chapter. I listen at bedtime every night, and can't count how many times I was jarred me from a deep slumber. Bonehead.
Dylan Baker does a remarkable job of portraying each of Steinbeck's characters. In listening to this audiobook, you become immersed in the conversations, the culture and history framed in this story. Great book.
This is greatest book I have ever read and I loved the narrator, Dylan Baker for the fabulous accents and narration and I even liked the harmonica bit between chapters. I don't know why others didn't like that part. It fit well with the story and gave a break from the intense drama to catch your breath. Perfect.
Tom Joad has a ton of character and sense. He is my favorite but Ma comes in second. I do love Casey though. Hard to choose because I really love them all.
He did a great job with the accents and I didn't notice any flubs at all. It was consistent in tone. I think he read it the way it was intended by the author. There were no unintelligible words at all and there are a lot of words in this book!
No way. It was over twenty hours. Took several days and I couldn't wait to get back to it each day.
I want to start it all over again right now from the beginning. I miss the characters I loved it so much. Its a bit strange, but I am not surprised because I know Steinbeck is incredible.
I am made by my choices and that which I read, or listen to in the car on my long commute
An American Classic worthy of reading. The power of the words and story are haunting considering what the Joad family went through just to get to California let alone just stay alive. It tells the depression in a powerful way few authors can. I can't recommend this book enough.
I just recently joined audible and this was one of my 2 freebies. I had been wanting to read this book for sometime and never get around to it. This production of it was great. If you enjoyed the novel please give this a shot.
I had always wanted to read this novel. It is clear why it is considered a classic. I think Steinbeck does a wonderful job of telling the dignified story of an immigrant family forced to leave everything they know and love. He paints a multi-sided picture of why there is conflict when new people arrive in an area. The culture clash and confusion on both sides that occurs when two people from different worlds come together is painted beautifully. Above all, I leave the novel with a better understanding of how people end up on different sides of an issue and with a more clear understanding of how we need to approach resolution of these issues with empathy to al sides. One more message... When you strip everything else out of the way, we are all just people. We all love and we all suffer and we all have dignity and we all need other people. This novel brings it all to light and is everlasting because this same story is being lived today all over the world.
Yes...except for the jolting harmonica!
I'm only on chapter 13...that's 12 times I've been startled by the unexpected LOUD harmonica heralding the upcoming end of a chapter!
Very engaging narration.
No, it's too long.
It's a very important and tragic piece of our history, that was extremely well written as well as narrated. The only reason I am writing this review is to add my voice to the others that found the STARTLINGLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC AN UNFORTUNATE DISTRACTION FROM ENJOYMENT OF THIS AUDIO BOOK. It would have been a nice touch had it not been so LOUD! I want the producers aware of the problem.
I wasn't sure about the narration at first; I don't listen to a lot of books on tape. The different voices crafted by Dylan Baker worked for me though. I was able to hear a story from different characters and believe in their struggle. I know that this book meant something to me every time I got misty eyed or felt goose bumps. There were many of those moments. This is a story that all Americans should read. This is a story that all people claiming to be human beings should read. It's worth every minute of time I spent.