This novel would not be my first choice of novels, but I had no choice, it was an assignment. That being said, the story was very well performed, and it helped me with getting past all the difficult names. Now I will not be afraid to read the actual print version of the novel, and I will at least have some idea what the story is about. I recommend this read if you are interested in African cultures.
Absolutely! I write Literature Guides for novels and I am recommending in the Guide that every teacher who teaches this novel buy the audiobook from Audible and play the recording in class as the students read. The book has tons of description, which high school students may tire of, and this narration is so amazing, I honestly think the kids will WANT to listen.
I could not possibly choose a favorite character. They were all rich and round, and the narration gave each of them their own individuality. UNBELIEVABLE NARRATION!
I especially enjoyed Dylan Baker's depiction of young Tom Joad. His voice was perfect for the part, because I have seen the movie with Henry Fonda and he sounded EXACTLY like him to my ears! Even if he hadn't sounded like Fonda, the narration is so good, you feel like you know him, understand him, and care about him.
I felt especially saddened when, as the Joads were traveling to California, the boys in the gas station called them dirty and talked about how ignorant they were and how they weren't smart enough to understand anything or care about anything. They saw them as bad people, when they were truly good people--just people in unfortunate circumstances. The entire novel is a great lesson on tolerance!
The historical aspect of this book is so realistic and enriching. I am sure that those who read this novel will learn a lot about how destitute people were during the Great Depression and get a true feel for the way it really was and how people were forced to live. Also, it is amazing to me how Steinbeck was able to tell the story so well using basically nothing but dialogue. Though there were short chapters that gave some background information, the dialogue is so powerful, it really creates the story on its own.
I really enjoyed the information in the book. It opened up my eyes to some of the people I have spent a lot of time with in my life, and answered many of those haunting questions that have plagued me over the years. The problem is, I had a lot of trouble listening to the narrator for more than a half hour at a time. Her voice droned on and on and even when there were new sections, it was hard to detect, because she seemed to never pause. This has made me think that to really get the most out of a book such as this one that has a lot of technical information, one should invest in the paper edition of the book. If I had it to do all over again, I would definitely have purchased the print version. I honestly wish I could have given the book five stars, but the narration just ruined it for me.
Most of all, I enjoyed learning that my relative's bizarre behavior is not sociopathic, and that my ex-husband's behavior definitely was a textbook example, as I had always suspected.
At first, the accent of the reader was just a bit uncomfortable for me. After I had listened for about twenty minutes, I began to get used to his accent and get into the story. As I "read" I became fully engrossed in the narrative, and had trouble putting it down. It is full of rich vocabulary, but it is written in such a way that the vocabulary becomes secondary, and I believe that even high school students will find themselves engrossed in the story within a very short time. Frankenstein, the novel, is so different and so much more entertaining than any movie version of the story you have ever seen. I marveled at Shelley's use of words to create feeling and emotion through her use of characterization and figurative language, and the narrator's voice was a welcome addition to the total intensity of the book. Mary Shelley wrote this book at 19, and had already mastered the language beyond the capabilities of most modern-day writers. Frankenstein is not a "monster story," but a true adventure, full of passion and compassion, that should be read by all.
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