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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (1335)
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    (1341)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "An important message for our economic times."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to and why?

    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.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    I see Henry Fonda in this story and it was nice that the voice matched the picture in my mind.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The movie was perfect and should be left alone.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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