I hadn't appreciated this book much in high school. From a more experienced perspective I now see what a fantastic book it is. It raises questions about human existence that are both timeless and timely. Paradoxically, Americans are far better off now than in the era portrayed in the book, and yet in many regards events and attitudes seem entirely too familiar. If you wonder whether there can be a compelling alternative to the recent ascendance of Objectivism, look no further.
While Baker's vocal take on Tom Joad became rather grating after a while, the variety and consistency with which the characters are voiced makes them all the more memorable and three-dimensional. I've never heard a male performer do such a great job with female voices.
This is great stuff for a long family trip in the car. It's a bit less intricately plotted than the How To Train a Dragon series. Drags on at a few spots, but funny for a wide range of ages.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.