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The Grapes of Wrath | [John Steinbeck]

The Grapes of Wrath

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.

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 driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. From their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of this new America, Steinbeck creates a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity.

©1939 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

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    Shannon A. Kimbell Auth Lakeport, CA USA 10-03-12
    Shannon A. Kimbell Auth Lakeport, CA USA 10-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In "The Grapes of Wrath" Steinbeck tells of the story of the Great Dust Bowl. To tell it in both a personal and national perspective he alternates his chapters between the story of the Joad family and the broader story of the land and nation. Because he alternates the storytelling in this way, I thought the harmonica interlude spurned by many of the reviewers would actually be welcome, signaling the change from the personal story of the Joads to the collective story of the land and its inhabits.
    It was NOT welcome, but jarring. The harmonica was recorded so much louder than Dylan Baker, the narrator, that a number of times it literally made me jump, so startling and out of place did it sound.


    Did Dylan Baker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Dylan Baker did a great job of differentiating between the characters, but the cadence was so slow I sped it up on my Kindle.


    Was The Grapes of Wrath worth the listening time?

    I eventually gave up on this version and read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    "Grapes of Wrath" is well worth the read, and maybe a listen, but not this version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Thompson Framingham MA 10-01-12
    Cynthia Thompson Framingham MA 10-01-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Classic"
    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    This story still holds up as a great american story, I loved listening to this true classic..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael K. McCleary SE US 10-01-12
    Michael K. McCleary SE US 10-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Just a poster

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    "There's a reason it's a classic"

    It is amazing the parallels of today's society. The story is sad but very gritty and oh so real. The harmonica is something that will grow on you.

    And yes, the narration is first rate. When I looked up the narrator's biography I was pleasantly surprised that I knew him from other roles.

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    Steve Tillman Reno, NV USA 09-29-12
    Steve Tillman Reno, NV USA 09-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Stop the music!"

    I enjoyed the story, a classic, and the narration was excellent. I was disappointed and annoyed at the harmonica playing at the start of a chapter. Not only was it not needed but it was so loud that I lost concentration on what I had just heard. Also, I sometimes listen when I go to bed. I doze off listening and will resume later at the last chapter I remembered. I would just get to sleep and the harmonica playing (so loud!) would always wake me! I finally bought the book just to finish the story!

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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-26-12
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "It's a true classic."

    I read this classic decades ago in high school. Today, I enjoyed the audiobook immensely. This is a great "period" classic which portrays a unique time in American history. Enjoy!

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    Bryan DEXTER, MO, United States 09-24-12
    Bryan DEXTER, MO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, Great narration"

    The story of the Joad family in the Depression is touching, though the social injustice theme comes across too heavy handed (in lieu of writing that allows readers to draw their own conclusions) The narrator, Dylan Baker, provides a believable voice for each character.

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    Eric P. Carson Aurora, Illinois 09-23-12
    Eric P. Carson Aurora, Illinois 09-23-12

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    "This story soon to repeat."
    What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable?

    The narration. Dylan Baker really brought it to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom. He represented the hope for change and change itself.


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

    No


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

    A People Divided>


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    Pamela 09-16-12
    Pamela 09-16-12
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    "Great to reread this after so many years!"
    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    No, as much as I loved it, I think reading a book twice is enough for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't remember liking the book this much when I read it first in high school! Loved Dylan Baker's performance!

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    ted 09-13-12
    ted 09-13-12
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    "Really good."
    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    Steinbeck's descriptive writing. He has chapters in this book where he describes the attitudes or situation of not those in the story, but the happenings around those in the story. I felt as if I were experiencing the times of the 1930's. The realism is incredible.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Tom Joad


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

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    This is good as a history lesson too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Hannon, ON, Canada 09-10-12
    Brenda Hannon, ON, Canada 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Timeless and timely classic"
    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    The performance of the book was hauntingly real. The narrator was able to put you in the time and place with this struggling family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really makes one wonder what will happen to workers' rights with the current economic situation. Are we returning to that dismal and dreadful time.


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

    His voice evokes the bitter reality and tremendous suffering of the time


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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