The audio version, with the expert handling of Dylan Baker, is far more enjoyable than the print version, because he brings the just-right tone of voice to each of the characters. The inter-chapters can be tricky to navigate and fully comprehend, in terms of their purpose, in print, but Baker made them sensible and clear-of-purpose. I am deeply impressed by this audio book!
If I could've spent the hours it takes for Baker to make his way through this tale in one sitting if only I didn't have a full-time job and family to mind...his reading was brilliant and the story--dare I bother to say?--is riveting.
This is not one to miss...if you are questioning whether or not to listen to this classic on audible.com, I implore you to buy it and listen. I have no doubt you will be glad you did!
The story is more like a meditation and the narrator navigates it beautifully.
Tom Jode...because he was so compelling. But I loved his inflection with the priest. And his women's voices were outstanding. Truly remarkable considering the scope of the story and the range of characters.
"A true American classic." (I've never read this book and I don't consider myself to be overly patriotic, but this story wouldn't be quite the same in any other setting)
This was my first experience with an audible "classic", with this story, with this length in audio form, and with this narrator. I truly can't imagine a better experience with this story.
Love this book. The narrator was just great - perfectly suited to the story. Real art on both sides of the equation. Then... there's that the harmonica. Not that I have problem with harmonicas perse, but... not ramrodded into your brain in the dead of night... And! It's really good harmonica--but I need that harmonica in this recording like I need a toaster in my bathtub.
In "The Grapes of Wrath" Steinbeck tells of the story of the Great Dust Bowl. To tell it in both a personal and national perspective he alternates his chapters between the story of the Joad family and the broader story of the land and nation. Because he alternates the storytelling in this way, I thought the harmonica interlude spurned by many of the reviewers would actually be welcome, signaling the change from the personal story of the Joads to the collective story of the land and its inhabits.
It was NOT welcome, but jarring. The harmonica was recorded so much louder than Dylan Baker, the narrator, that a number of times it literally made me jump, so startling and out of place did it sound.
Dylan Baker did a great job of differentiating between the characters, but the cadence was so slow I sped it up on my Kindle.
I eventually gave up on this version and read the book.
"Grapes of Wrath" is well worth the read, and maybe a listen, but not this version.
This story still holds up as a great american story, I loved listening to this true classic..
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It is amazing the parallels of today's society. The story is sad but very gritty and oh so real. The harmonica is something that will grow on you.
And yes, the narration is first rate. When I looked up the narrator's biography I was pleasantly surprised that I knew him from other roles.
I enjoyed the story, a classic, and the narration was excellent. I was disappointed and annoyed at the harmonica playing at the start of a chapter. Not only was it not needed but it was so loud that I lost concentration on what I had just heard. Also, I sometimes listen when I go to bed. I doze off listening and will resume later at the last chapter I remembered. I would just get to sleep and the harmonica playing (so loud!) would always wake me! I finally bought the book just to finish the story!
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.
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