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.
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Really amazing book. Just the thought of the struggle the Jode family had to indure puts shivers down my spine. Beautifully written story of main characters, and all those Intercalary chapters that just keep you hooked.
The best read performance I've ever listen to. The story itself weaves deeply into your soul and wonder and awe hold your mind hostage. One minute you feel disgust for all humanity but it melts into a strong conviction that good can win over evil. The voice was beyond description. Excellent.
I'm not going to review the book - it's one of the great novels of the 20th century. The narration is incredible. Every bit as good as the book itself. Each voice is distinct and rich with character and clear. If you are considering listening to this book I recommend this unreservedly.
Wonderful story! Mr. Baker does a fantastic job of narrating. How one person can keep so many voices for so many characters straight I'll never know. Not as good as East of Eden and harmonica does get a bit obnoxious, but other than that I was very pleased.
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by far one of the best audio books I've ever listen to. John Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath is a classic that everyone should read and/or listen to.
I didn't like the music between chapters, it was jarring and took me out of the story without fail. The general voice work was great.
The book is among the greatest of American novels and already well-known, but in Dylan Baker's telling, it is a fresh event. He's able to render each character, major and minor, with such consistency and feeling, the effect is to create a drama in the mind even more powerful than a radio play, given Steinbeck's exposition. That Baker's voice for Tom Joad evokes Henry Fonda can't be a coincidence, but it's done so well, it makes Tom an outlaw American hero all over again.
This is by far the best audiobook — in writing and performance — I've listened to in the last two decades.
this is a classic it captures the reader five pages into the novel and keeps it until the very end. everyone should be required to read or listen to this book and talk about the lessons learned from it.
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