I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
I read this classic decades ago in high school. Today, I enjoyed the audiobook immensely. This is a great "period" classic which portrays a unique time in American history. Enjoy!
The story of the Joad family in the Depression is touching, though the social injustice theme comes across too heavy handed (in lieu of writing that allows readers to draw their own conclusions) The narrator, Dylan Baker, provides a believable voice for each character.
The narration. Dylan Baker really brought it to life.
Tom. He represented the hope for change and change itself.
A People Divided>
No, as much as I loved it, I think reading a book twice is enough for me.
It made me cry.
Can't remember liking the book this much when I read it first in high school! Loved Dylan Baker's performance!
Steinbeck's descriptive writing. He has chapters in this book where he describes the attitudes or situation of not those in the story, but the happenings around those in the story. I felt as if I were experiencing the times of the 1930's. The realism is incredible.
This is good as a history lesson too.
The performance of the book was hauntingly real. The narrator was able to put you in the time and place with this struggling family.
It really makes one wonder what will happen to workers' rights with the current economic situation. Are we returning to that dismal and dreadful time.
His voice evokes the bitter reality and tremendous suffering of the time
Well worth the listen
The narrator conveys the voices and accents of over a dozen characters convincingly. He does justice to Steinbeck's incredible ear for the Oklahoman dialect and other regional dialects.
The book itself is a historical novel, a human drama, and a call for compassion for people who have been disposed by economic forces beyond their control. (does this sound familiar?)
Of course, Tom Joad's speech calling for social justice at the end of the book.
See Henry Fonda as an angry young man.
My listen was prompted by an NPR segment on "Where is the liberal Ayn Rand?" Answer: John Steinbeck.
Especially in these times this part of history needs to be remembered, and this book tells a story we can't afford to forget.
I liked the performance and found it easy to listen to.
Too often, classics are read aloud with so much reverence that they sound flat, if true to the authors words. Dylan Baker's many voices in this reading are remarkable, lively, and unflinchingly true to both Steinbeck and the people of the story. This book, one of our greatest American novels, comes to life in this reading. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who wants to read, or re-read this classic.
I was seriously ready to strangle the harmonica player that makes appearances throughout the book. I hate that it detracted from the overall book, which as you can see I rated excellent for overall, performance and story. It's a gem, they just need to pull out that harmonica.