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The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook

The Grapes of Wrath

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Publisher's Summary

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece.

Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires, and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.

©1939 John Steinbeck (P)2010 Hachette Digital

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  • Mr. Acapella
    Cornwall, UK
    8/6/16
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    "What can you say?"

    Brilliant reading of Steinbeck's classic. The reader's voice melts away as the storyline leaps off the page and the characters become real and their plight immediate. Like his contemporary, George Orwell, Steinbeck's political message suffuses his writing and like Orrwell his lightness of touch means this just adds to the drama. If like many, you read this book in your youth I recommend you read it again as an adult. The struggle of the Joad family and their bitter, rapid journey from being kindly, proud farmers to a life of impoverished misery is as important to understand now as it was in thirties America.

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  • Mr Graham Black
    6/13/16
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    "Incredible experience"

    Incredible experience, couldn't be more appropriate for the times we are now in. Man's struggle against Corporate greed. Steinbeck is a genius of a writer and this a read beautifully.
    Thank you for the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • uhhuhlex
    Faringdon, Oxfordshire
    4/10/16
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    "As shocking now as it was then"

    I came to this novel with some ideas of what to expect - I knew it was long, and I knew it was regarded as Steinbeck's most important work. Despite these preconceived ideas I was blown away.

    The tale itself shouldn't be that effecting. It is fairly standard Steinbeck territory - people moving through their world, not rich, trying to make their way. They encounter a vast cast of others also making their way. But, the Joad family become more than just characters as you see their ups and downs.

    Anyone in their right mind feels the anger and injustice at how the Joads are treated and the things they come to have to do to just subsist. Steinbeck highlights this through social consciousness musing through and about his characters. As in many things, he is almost prophetic.

    In our current world, the plight of other migrant communities and the welcome they receive springs to mind. As it should. This isn't meant to be a nice read - the message is one of pity and rage. Worthwhile for the ideas as much as the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Przemek
    4/9/16
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    "I cried at the end. One of the best written!"

    It must have been Steinbeck who coined the phrase "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger"

    If you read only one book in your life, read this one.

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  • Steve_Morris
    3/4/16
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    "Refugee crisis from an earlier era"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was certainly easy to listen to and fit into my schedule. I think I would struggle to keep going for such a long book in the print edition. It was very well read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grapes of Wrath?

    The moment when they realised how many other families had turned up for the same limited number of jobs was heart-breaking.


    What about John Chancer’s performance did you like?

    John Chancer managed to create a range of voices that were consistent so that the characters were recognisable from the voice he created.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Trump - good Americans have been refugees too.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it uncanny how the misfortune of this generation of American migrants is similar to the hardship faced by migrants today. Americans should read this story again to see that they too have suffered hardship in the past through no fault of their own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR NEIL A WILLIAMS
    3/1/16
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    "Farage needs to read this!!"

    The most timelessly relevant book I have read in years. That it eschews a traditional structure only adds to its genius. And talk about female characters in Literature! Ma is a tour de force. Of Mice and Men means even more for the reading of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GenKan
    2/22/16
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    "How to dissolve a family"
    What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to, and why?

    Not really, the closets I would say Dostoyevsky does. Its just so mechanically perfect how society dissembles the family, making each individual lose hope and surrender


    Have you listened to any of John Chancer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Very good, captures the individuals flawlessly and gives each his/her own style. Much like what I assume the book does as well


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

    That would be inhuman. Both based on length and on how dark the story is


    Any additional comments?

    All aspects of the book are masterfully done. Each character has its own personality, each part of the journey sparks hope, and Steinbeck really paints a timeless picture. Cant count how many times something profound was written that felt current, like how the police make people leave their tents with out caring where they would go. Just that they were moving. How corporate greed is eating away at the planet while driving hard working people out with clever, yet immoral, business strategies Had done very little research before picking the book up. But as soon as I heard the name Tom Joad I couldn't help but to hear "Wherever somebody is struggling to be free / Look in their eyes ma / You'll see me"As history repeats itself, this book will remain forever current

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marsha
    1/14/16
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    "Immense - I have to admit I cried"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    The same as each book I relate too - if the narrator manages to get the characters right it brings them to life and makes them relatable. I found the text quite dry when I read it at a young age however the Audible version truly made this book live.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wouldn't even know where to start - I think like is the wrong word, this is just one long trial against adversity. I love how even under the worst of circumstances that there is still optimism and humility, however the things they had to endure were just horrific.


    What does John Chancer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think it would be easy to miss emotional nuances if you couldn't hear someone act them out. The words are there but its easy to miss emotions when its left for you to skim through a long text.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending broke me. Obviously this is no place for spoilers but it genuinely broke me. So many ways to view it also - reading other peoples interpretations of what it meant was really interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick with it. Its a slow burner and sometimes the language is a little difficult to adjust too but if you actually think about it this book is shocking, truly shocking and a definite classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR Garry J Riddoch
    12/17/15
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    "Faultless"

    Brilliant and enlightening tale, expertly written and superbly narrated. A wonderfully vivid and moving tale of people of the land, forced into a nomadic existence by agricultural modernisation and capitalism. Nourishment for your soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stylo
    11/18/15
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    "Perfect in every sense."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because John Chancer brings to life the dialect and characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom for his selflessness and courage.


    Which character – as performed by John Chancer – was your favourite?

    Tom Joad and Jim Casy, the ex-preacher. John Chancer performed every character brilliantly; it was as if I were snooping on the lives of real people!


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

    Absolutley, if I had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    I found the themes of pity and anger, cruelty and greed poignant. The world has not changed. The banks (money) still controls society and people still fear migrants. I was profoundly moved by the kindness most migrants had for each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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