No. I rarely listen to or reread books. There are too many on my list. This should not deter you from listening. This
When I think of the Woody Guthrie songs "Do Re Me" & "I Ain't Got No Home", I think of "Grapes of Wrath". Steinbeck writes an amazing social commentary rich in history wrapped in a compelling story. It is a part of US history that we would rather not face.
Steinbeck could not have realized that many of the themes he wrote about resonate today. I will not spoil the book in any way by discussing them here.
It may be my imagination, but I Dylan Baker sounded like Henry Fonda. So iconic was Fonda's performance, I may simply not have been able to get it out of my head. That being said, Baker conveyed the same soft spoken character and strength that I remember of Fonda's performance. Brilliant.
I would consider the narration to be excellent, but I can't say it is better than the print version due exclusively to the very VERY annoying harmonica music that blasts the eardrums out between chapters.
The layers of the story are masterfully crafted, from the characters to the setting, the sounds and flavors of the people and the land are poetically tragic and beautiful.
...ruined by harmonica.
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Dear Audiobook Producers, Enough with the music, already. We listen to audiobooks for the story - music is just an annoying distraction and in the case of this book, a painful one. Your sound editor needs a spanking.
I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.
This one of them books you wish would never end. It's heartbreaking and gives you pause.
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.