Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
The ride on this story was magnificent. The destination left me a little wanting. I like closure in my stories and this one could have kept on going without missing a beat, although the conclusion probably has kept this book out of some classrooms. I don't remember this book being included in the curriculum in high school and I now realize some of its content was probably titillating to the point that it would be banned. The writing is so good, though, that I'm hopeful high school students today have the opportunity to read it. Although it was set in the 1930s, it could easily be adapted to modern times and many of the prejudices and settings would be applicable. I'm pleased that I finally took the time to listen to this Steinbeck work. Well worth my time and credit.
It is a rare book that pinpoints culture in every era. We all read this as children, and I hope today's students are taken through it step by step, but reading it as an adult is a reminder that things, no matter what we think, always stay the same.
The book should be required reading in grade school, high school and college. It goes to Economics, History, Social Justice, sociology, etc. I wish I hadn't waited so long to take it up again.
Wonderful language, superb plotting, pacing, characterization -- all wonderful. Unfortunately, the subject offers no satisfying ending. The closing scene, however, is so startling it will resonate differently with me at my advanced age than it did the first time through.
The narrator was wonderful.
Worth reading again.
This is a superb reading of one of the most compelling and well-written books of American literature. I wanted a book that would be good for a long trip, and it's certainly that. But I had no idea how much I would be drawn into the story of the Joads and of the destruction wrought by the disks of the combines. There are timely and cogent lessons here for us today, with entire states turned over to a mono-culture of corn. But forget the lessons, forget that it is literature, forget that you read it because you had to in school. Read this book because you can't put it down. Even when you know it all ends badly, you _care_.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I had never read or listened to this book. After reading East of Eden I thought now was the time to get this behind me. The book was not as good as E of E in my opinion, and the harmonica between the chapters made me cringe but it is a classic and I would recommend it. The ending was perhaps the best of all.
I don't usually bother to rate books that have a lot of reviews, and since this book is a classic, I am sure it will get lots of reviews. I am 54 years old, and somehow I never read this book. I am giving this book a solid five stars, but I wanted to comment on the harmonica playing that many people said they didn't like. For some reason, I thought it actually added something to this book - normally I am somewhat indifferent to sound effects and music in audio books, but I thought it was very fitting in this book, and I did not find the volume objectionable. Having said this, I gave the book 5-stars; I am not rating the harmonica playing.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
There's a reason this is considered a CLASSIC. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. The writing is some of the best descriptive writing of all time. Steinbeck really puts you IN with these destitute individuals. You feel their pain, see their tears, and live their heartache. This book will not leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, BUT it will make you appreciate what you have. Narrator is outstanding.
"... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^
I'm glad I waited to read this until I was in my late 30s, with kids, during the Great Recession and OWS.
Good job. He does the best John Carradine impression I've ever heard.
Yep. But I can't set that long.
We should all get together and shoot the harmonica player. Would improve the book something proud. Just kill him and enjoy the book all the more.
Some friends and I were discussing politics trading book recommendations. one of my friends I don't remember who recommended this book.
This book is good enough to earn a second listen. Even though it is over 21 hours in length, I was heartbroken when it ended, because I wanted it to go on and on.
The family comes to life. Deep insights into human nature and realistic details make for a powerful, moving tale.
Don't miss this one, especially if you've lived in or driven through California's southern San Joaquin Valley.