The book is among the greatest of American novels and already well-known, but in Dylan Baker's telling, it is a fresh event. He's able to render each character, major and minor, with such consistency and feeling, the effect is to create a drama in the mind even more powerful than a radio play, given Steinbeck's exposition. That Baker's voice for Tom Joad evokes Henry Fonda can't be a coincidence, but it's done so well, it makes Tom an outlaw American hero all over again.
This is by far the best audiobook — in writing and performance — I've listened to in the last two decades.
this is a classic it captures the reader five pages into the novel and keeps it until the very end. everyone should be required to read or listen to this book and talk about the lessons learned from it.
I am happiest with a story in my ear. I earn my living as a strategist and work hard as a mom of 2 boys. I'm 45, mixed race, Black & Jewish.
I somehow avoided reading this book 30 years ago in high school, and I wonder now how my perspective on our country would have been different, would have shaped who I am today, had I not avoided the assignment. I likely would have found myself working for equity and justice more fervently, with a deeper appreciation for our history of power and privilege, at a much younger age.But at this point, I'm just incredibly grateful to have been treated to this masterpiece at a time in my life when I could fully appreciate it: it was well worth the wait.
classic story about life in the great free enterprise system. the narrator couldn't have performed better. beautifully read using voices for each character of the story a must read (listen)