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.
Tell us about yourself!
Family's hard times
Tom Joad. He carries the story most of the way through
No but this performance was outstanding. I could hear a hint of Henry Fonda in Tom Joad and the others were distinctly voiced as well
No. It would be a long sitting but I was always looking forward to getting back to it
Not really but i read the book in high school and always admired steinbeck's ability to help me 'see' the places he wrote of. the audio was great though.
a number of books come to mind that tell the stories of the tragic histories of america through the eyes of those who experienced it.
emotions of all characters involved; especially the resilience of the women who stand behind great men during their struggles
I am glad I listened to it since it is so iconic, but I personally was not overwhelmed by the book. I would prefer a little more action, but that is not what the book is about. It isn't a waste of time, but not my all time favorite.
Heart and Soul
Too many to mention.
Tom meeting the long, lost preacher.
Terrific Drama of the Dust Bowl Days in America
One of the best.
Excellent story, good narration.
Good performance of multiple voices.
Could have done without the harmonica interludes between chapters. Gave me headaches.
I was most impressed with the way the charactors in this story seemed so true to life. The charactors were an inspiration in how they dealt with the misery and unfairness that they endured.
My favorite charactor was the mother. She was a never ending source of strength to the rest of the family.
This story has alot in common with what is happening in America today, Many times while reading this I became angry at the present state of our union and the extreme differences between the have and have nots.
I hadn't read the book in decades, and hearing it as an Audible truly brought it to life. It was almost a completely new experience.
Another Steinbeck classic, East of Eden, which I'm about to order as another Audible book.
I can't say enough about Dylan's performance -- pacing, extremely distinctive voices of all the characters, an obvious understanding and love for the material. He brought a level of talent to his narration that made the entire literary experience more emotional and memorable. His Tom Joad sounded a lot like Henry Fonda (who played Tom in the classic film)!
Yes, but it's extremely long, so that wasn't possible.
This is a great way to re-acquaint yourself with one of the Great American Novels, and to gain an even greater appreciation of Steinbeck's genius. The book's underlying message about class inequality resonates strongly today.
I think the audio version and the movie had similar sounding voices. I think this gave me a good picture of the condition. The detail of the book over the movie brought back this period as told to me by my parents. I should have read this book fifty years ago but did not. Better late than never thanks to this unabridged reading of this very important piece of work.
Atlas Shrugged, the 3 Hunger Games books and the Grapes of Wrath all have a connection for me. Since they are all dealing with the haves and have nots, it is interesting for me to access my own beliefs about hard work, privilege and economic markets.
I see Henry Fonda in this story and it was nice that the voice matched the picture in my mind.
The movie was perfect and should be left alone.
Being forced off the land by a tractor or being replaced by a robot in the factory seem to bring the 1930's conundrum right into 2012.