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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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    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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    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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    gary 12-24-12
    gary 12-24-12
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    "Timeless Truths"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book speaks not only to the pain of the Dust Bowl, but to what our people are facing today. It reminds us of how the only way for people to survive hard times is to band together. We are always stronger as a group than we are in our "rugged individualism". I recommend this book to anyone who reads headlines today. It will give lessons in kindness, solidarity, humanity and dignity that we really need now to get us through.


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    Abstractchick 12-15-12

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    "What A great story!!"

    I really enjoyed the many characters and couldn't wait to see what happens to the Joads next. This is definitely well worth the listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra PACIFIC GROVE, CA, United States 12-11-12
    Alexandra PACIFIC GROVE, CA, United States 12-11-12
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    "Sobering, Worthwhile Read"
    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    I loved learning about the experiences of people from the dust bowl. It's awful and amazing how people treat each other. The story is depressing, but absorbing.


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

    Dylan Baker is a good reader.


    Any additional comments?

    The harmonica intros are a bit loud and annoying.

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    Sean Ocoee, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Sean Ocoee, FL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A must read for anyone."
    What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable?

    A gut wrenching tale of the incredible challenges that families endured in first being forced to move and then trying to find somewhere to settle and just make a living for their families during the dust bowl years in the US.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A well written and easy to believe story that depicted the real lives of families during the depression and what drove them to success and tragedy in their travels.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Did a great job of characterizing the different characters.


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

    I hadn't read any books about this period and the challenges families endured.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read and re-read for anyone.

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    Brian Richmond, CA, United States 12-01-12
    Brian Richmond, CA, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Epic American Odyssey!"
    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Once I got past Dylan Baker channeling Henry Fonda, Tom Joad Jr. stands out as the lynchpin for the story.


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

    Mrs Joad was my co-favorite character along with her son Tom.


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

    Hardships of the Dust Bowl Migration


    Any additional comments?

    Classic American saga is brought to life here in its rendering. John Steinbeck informs us of our Western Heritage in particular. Dylan Baker does a marvelous job depicting the many characters who populate this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 11-23-12
    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Narrater Ever"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    No


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

    East of Eden


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

    I have listened to his other performances. He is the best!


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Should be must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 11-21-12
    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "An Eternal Story"

    There is a message of family, hope, hard work, and overcoming adversity in the pages of this book that echo through the ages. There are also messages of fear, despair, heart ache and pain that resonate just as much. This is a truly remarkable story, told in stark prose that brings out the characters and the emotions like few authors can.

    Hard to believe that I am 39 and this was my first time reading this book, I never had to read it in High School. I'm glad I picked it up now, I likely would have seen it as a chore as a teenager, but as an adult I didn't want the book to end. I wanted to follow Tom Joad, I pulled for him like I have pulled for very few fictional characters.

    The reading of this book is adequate. Newer recordings seem to contain voice talent which enhances the story. This reader neither enhances or takes away from, he just reads it, and for a book like this, that works fine.

    But it's the story. No it's not even the story, it's the people. It's how real the people feel and how much you can feel both their pain, and their genuine love for each other, that make this book remarkable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Tomball, TX, United States 11-16-12
    Amazon Customer Tomball, TX, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Evocative"

    Having not read this in high school, I was not sure what to expect. The situations and challenges the populace are subject to brought anger and sadness and shock to me as the reader.

    I'm not sure what is the most depressing book I've read now, this or the Doomsday Book. I think story wins out, due to the social commentary and how the antagonist(s) are greed and rooted in human behavior and not a disease.

    The harmonica startled me at first, but after the third time hearing it, I feel it really helped set the mood. The volume could have been lowered a tad though.

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