This was a long listen, which is what I wanted. Also it is a classic, again what I wanted. On this basis, it ranks high. The book outlined the good and bad of our society during a time of great prosper....and .....despair. It was excellent! A little slow in the 1st quarter, but I felt it picked up once the "family" began their travel westward.
The drive of the characters to fulfill their basic needs to have food, clothing and shelter. The innovation of how they were able to survive made me realized how lucky I am to have not been in their shoes. It allowed me to appreciate how much I have and how little I could have.
There are an awful lot of people in this country that should take the time to read this book and reflect on being a little more caring and sharing with others that are not quite as fortunate.
We all read Grapes of Wrath in high school. Well, read it again. Speaking for myself, it is one of the most moving, heroic, and inspirational novels ever written. And, Dylan Baker's reading is one of the top five I've listened since becoming an Audible.com member years ago.
The ending of the book will play over and over in your mind's eye.
Tough choice.......probably grandpa.
While Steinbeck's style takes some getting used to at the beginning of the novel, I enjoyed almost every minute of listening to this book I have been meaning to read for years. As a Californian I enjoyed the history. As a reader I appreciated the honesty of the book and highly recommend it.
One of the best stories ever told about the great dust bowl.Cant belive chemicals still rule our lives!
everybody,or the story would'nt be complete!
Yes, but it would have to be a really long trip! We listened to this on a drive to the Pacific Northwest and both husband and I were entranced. The reader had many different voices and oddly (or not) the voice of Young Tom Joad sounded just like Henry Fonda! Imagine that. This is not an easy book in that the story is so hard and sad - the Depression and flight west to find work from Oklahoma and other parts of the country's mid-section. The writing is excellent (John Steinbeck...hello!?) and the characters endearing. I may have read this in my youth but I didn't remember it. Everyone should read it and it ought to be required reading in jr or high school classrooms. The history is worth the read.
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Haven't read the print version, somehow I made it through high school with out reading it. The audio recoding and narration are really good. I was really put off at first by the harmonica at the end of every chapter, but I got used to it and it actually enjoyed it. It was jarring at first and a LOT louder than the audio. Watch out if you are going to use ear buds! But somewhere during the production it blended in nicely.
I really like Steinbeck's denunciation of banks and The Man, as it were. It is like listening to an epitaph to the Age of Agriculture due to the advent of Technology. It is the original 'outsourcing of jobs' saga.
I have not, but will definitely try out another. He has a great range of voices and characters.
This book is absolutely timeless and will always will remain one of the great pieces of literature. Focusing on a family towards the end of the Great Depression you really get a feel but yet will never truly understand what life was like. We complain about the "Great Recession" and such now but it's nothing like this. Recommend everyone listen to this story and be thankful capitalism has evolved past this at least in our country.
I cant say enough about this book. I have fallen in love with John Steinbeck. This is the 4th book I've read and they are all equally compelling, beautifully written and captivating. I had such a connection to these characters, I felt like I was there with the Joads. Grandpa was my favourite, his character was bright and funny.
The narration was the BEST I have heard on Audible. The only small complaint was the reading was a bit slow. I however have the function on my iphone to listen at 2 x the pace, and that was ideal for me. However in the regular pace, it was slow and drawn out.
Defiantly a great listen for anyone. 100% recommend this book, or any John Stienbeck for that matter!
Love, love, loved it!
Didn't appreciate this book very much when it was required reading in high school. Read it again a few years ago, then listened to the audio. The audio is excellent! Well worth reading again and again.
This is an amazing account of the times and it's not surprising that it was such a popular AND controversial piece of literature.
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...