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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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    Jennifer 05-02-13
    Jennifer 05-02-13
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    "AMAZING!"

    I cant say enough about this book. I have fallen in love with John Steinbeck. This is the 4th book I've read and they are all equally compelling, beautifully written and captivating. I had such a connection to these characters, I felt like I was there with the Joads. Grandpa was my favourite, his character was bright and funny.

    The narration was the BEST I have heard on Audible. The only small complaint was the reading was a bit slow. I however have the function on my iphone to listen at 2 x the pace, and that was ideal for me. However in the regular pace, it was slow and drawn out.

    Defiantly a great listen for anyone. 100% recommend this book, or any John Stienbeck for that matter!

    Love, love, loved it!


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    Kindle Customer Auburn, NY USA 04-05-13
    Kindle Customer Auburn, NY USA 04-05-13 Member Since 2015

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    Didn't appreciate this book very much when it was required reading in high school. Read it again a few years ago, then listened to the audio. The audio is excellent! Well worth reading again and again.
    This is an amazing account of the times and it's not surprising that it was such a popular AND controversial piece of literature.

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    Holly 03-31-13
    Holly 03-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Paints a great picture-but it feels incomplete"
    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...

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    Mary Lynne Jarvis Ozark, MO United States 02-25-13
    Mary Lynne Jarvis Ozark, MO United States 02-25-13
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    "Valuable look at Depression history in story form"
    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    No. I couldn't take the sadness and the swearing again, but I'm glad I heard it and got a feel for the Depression.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother. She was the glue that held all members together through it all.


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

    I like the way he was able to make his voice and pronunciation sound like the characters he was depicting.


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    Amazon Customer United States 02-17-13
    Amazon Customer United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"
    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    The story is timeless.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the narrator sounded a little like Henry Fonda so it also made the story immediately familiar.


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

    No. First time I had listened to his work.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this with my 8 year old. There is some cursing but the story is great. She made the observation that the machine of the bank is very similar to the foreclosure crises that we are coming through. Found that pretty insightful for a child. She loved the characters. I loved hearing the story after reading it years before. Its a long book and worth the time.

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    Dan BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 01-19-13
    Dan BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2012

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

    Classic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None really.


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

    None really.


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

    It made me think. Nothing is really different, regardless of time, when one looks at the character of people.


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    Jane 01-11-13
    Jane 01-11-13
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    "Story came to life."
    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    Enduring classic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Timeless societal relevance.


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

    A few character voices sounded to similar.


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

    Certainly was moving and captivating for this listener.


    Any additional comments?

    A classic that comes to life with audio performance.

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    Devan 01-10-13
    Devan 01-10-13
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    "Now I understand"

    It feels ridiculous to say "hey, guess what? grapes of wrath is a really good book", but i found myself saying it repeatedly. Also, the narration is performed and paced so well that it's hard to imagine the book without it. The harmonica music is too loud, but that hardly detracts from one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.

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    Dale Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States 01-09-13
    Dale Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Dylan Baker's reading "Grapes of Wrath" Is Great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    Dylan Baker's reading of "Grapes of Wrath" breathes life and emotion into John Steinbeck's classic work. Rooted in Steinbeck's wonderful prose, Mr. Baker has a unique ability to pull the listener into the novel as though one is an invisible participant in all that happens. Steinbeck would be pleased.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, it's a classic, so what's not to like?


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    Che` CANTON, GA, United States 01-02-13
    Che` CANTON, GA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh..."
    Would you try another book from John Steinbeck and/or Dylan Baker?

    John Steinbeck is excellent. In my opinion one of the most incredible authors of the twentieth century. An amazing understanding of the human condition.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dylan Baker?

    Eh. He's good, but part of what I dislike about that book is a personal general dislike for the southern drawl style prevalent in this book and many others from the period. If that doesn't bother you, than Dylan Baker does a fine job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Clearly the bot that creates these questions doesn't skim through IMDB first.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, a classic, etc., etc. But, I would very highly recommend "East of Eden", also by Steinbeck. One of the greatest books ever written, and one which I think greatly outdoes "The Grapes of Wrath".

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