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Holly

Woodbury, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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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
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1276)
    Story
    (1283)

    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"
    "Paints a great picture-but it feels incomplete"
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    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    I love learning about different parts of history, and I felt that the author painted a great picture for what life was like for many migrant families during the great depression. I read that the author actually spent time in the camps doing research for this book, so I felt that it was a dependable description. I love when things have an element of reality to them, even when it may not be a pleasant one. You also get to like all of the characters, though I wasn't sure at first that I would.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The ending left a lot of loose ends. This was clearly the author's intention and obviously a story in this setting would not have had a fairy tale ending, but it would be nice if he had given us something after spending the whole book wondering what would happen to the characters...


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first one but I enjoyed his narration very much. He brought life and uniqueness to the characters without going over the top. (with the exception of the commitee ladies in the camp- i thought they were a little over the top!)


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

    I believe there was a film...look it up!


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't appreciate the harmonica music blaring in at random moments, but I'm assuming that's when I would have changed cds if I wasn't listening on my phone...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (2010)
    Story
    (2015)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Bleh"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I only downloaded this because it was free that day. If you're really into crime novels, you might enjoy it more. I found it pretty drab and predictable. At least I didn't have much time or money invested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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