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Michael

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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
    (1491)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1308)

    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"
    "A classic honored with unforgettable narration"
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    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    I hadn't read the book in decades, and hearing it as an Audible truly brought it to life. It was almost a completely new experience.


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

    Another Steinbeck classic, East of Eden, which I'm about to order as another Audible book.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't say enough about Dylan's performance -- pacing, extremely distinctive voices of all the characters, an obvious understanding and love for the material. He brought a level of talent to his narration that made the entire literary experience more emotional and memorable. His Tom Joad sounded a lot like Henry Fonda (who played Tom in the classic film)!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it's extremely long, so that wasn't possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great way to re-acquaint yourself with one of the Great American Novels, and to gain an even greater appreciation of Steinbeck's genius. The book's underlying message about class inequality resonates strongly today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2499)
    Performance
    (2299)
    Story
    (2289)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "A Classic, Well Performed"
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    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Without a doubt, Colin Firth's evocative, impactful read elevated this Audible offering well above the average book.


    What does Colin Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simply, his professional experience brings nuance and power to every paragraph.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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