Only one complaint; the annoyingly loud harmonica interludes. They're totally unnecessary.
Otherwise, it's a wonderful performance of the great American Odyssey.
The narrator performed well, but the book's ending was terribly unsatisfying. The journey of the Joad family from Oklahoma to California is wrought with struggle and misfortune. Once in California, the Joads never do have any easy time trying to live. The listener is left feeling as desperate and hopeless and angry as any of the characters. The Great Depression was no joke. This should be required reading for youth. My emotions were all over the place and the Joads are an unforgettable family who survived despite countless obstacles without losing their own humanity.
I don't know how I missed reading this until now. It's on the short list of greatest novels ever written and it belongs there as the quintessential "everyman" novel.
This is a story for our times as we watch the super rich buy our government for their own ends.
Dylan Baker does a solid job differentiating the voices of the different HEY DO YOU LIKE HARMONICA MUSIC? YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO SOME JOLTINGLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC RIGHT NOW WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT! characters. But the producer who put this audiobook together didn't OH LOOK IT'S TIME FOR MORE REALLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC! I HOPE YOU LIKE IT BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T IT'S REALLY GOING TO MESS WITH THE STORY! consider the way it would sound if every chapter was separated with some lousy harmonica playing at nine thousand decibels. The overall experience of listening to this OOPS NOW HERE'S ANOTHER SUPER LOUD HARMONICA INTERLUDE!! audiobook as an exercise in patience. Not recommended if, for example, you like listening to audiobooks at bedtime.
East of Eden. both are great stories. Steinbeck has gift of being able to describe and build characters, and through stories to help us relate to our human struggles and questions and inner motives
Tom. seemed to tie whole story together. balanced yet strong-willed. or maybe his mother - she was a strong woman; ready to fight to keep family together. I remember her line "A man can be the head of the family so long as he is earning money, if he's not, then someone else gotta take over" (my own words)
no opinion. reading was good