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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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    Wail SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Wail SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Moving although one sided story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Recommended based on the great writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very well detailed, moving, occasionally funny.


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

    Young Tom


    Any additional comments?

    The premise seems to be that the poor people are always good, honest, generous and are victims.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth GLOVERSVILLE, NY, United States 08-15-12
    Beth GLOVERSVILLE, NY, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Performance brings a difficult story to life"
    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    depressing, artistic, moving


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ma, for stepping up and doing what's right


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when things get better for a time in the government camp


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

    Don't watch this if you're already depressed


    Any additional comments?

    The Grapes of Wrath would have been harder to get through were it not for the great performance on Audible. The book is truly a work of art but it is so sad at times that it can be hard to press through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 08-13-12
    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Riveting... until the dreaded harmonica breaks"

    I really got sucked into this book early on. I was right there with them. When they were getting ready to leave for Cali I absent-mindedly felt like my life were about to dramatically change also. I literally had to remind myself that I wasn't leaving the state tomorrow! Strange how some fiction interweaves with your life when you listen to audio books while doing day to day tasks. I have to say that as much as I was sucked in, the harmonica breaks jerked me right back out of the book in an unpleasant way. I cringed every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph R. Millican sc, usa 08-13-12
    Joseph R. Millican sc, usa 08-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Outstanding"
    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    I would definately listen to it again. Masterful storytelling both by author and narrator!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I could most identify with Casey in this story as he searches for meaning and purpose past the superficial trappings of "religion".


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

    No


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

    The most moving scene in the book for me was the image the children going hungry and the pain it caused for their families


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Oregon, Ohio, United States 08-10-12
    Thomas Oregon, Ohio, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Depressing, but the characters are memorable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a very sad story, with very little that could be described as uplifting. While this book was probably a literary feat for its day, I found this story to be some sort of Socialist manifesto. The imagery was crisp, but I could not wait for this book to end.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The strength of the family's mother


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He did a nice job with the voices and he added something to the life of the book that is not common for most readers.


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

    NO! - But Obama would . . .


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Johnson Georgia 08-07-12
    Julie Johnson Georgia 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Back in Time"

    Steinbach's characters' come to life as you listen to their troubling lives,and
    feel their frustrations... as their hopes, dreary lives, and personalities weave
    their story in the Great Depression.

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    Jill Monterey, US, Canada 08-06-12
    Jill Monterey, US, Canada 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A great listen"

    What can I say about Steinbeck? Such a great writer - its so amazing that this all happened in America, CA, and specifically in the Monterey area where I also live. What a sad history lesson. Steinbeck was, and is, a bigger than life figure in our area - so reconnecting with his writing was great. I agree with a previous review, the harmonica interludes were annoying and need to be remixed so they aren't so loud. Only complaint.

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    William OCALA, FL, United States 08-06-12
    William OCALA, FL, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book and seen the movie. The audio edition is in a whole different category.


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

    When the fight was prevented at the government camp.


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

    The inflection in his voice and his pronunciation of the colloquialisms.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Manchester, CT, USA 07-28-12
    John Manchester, CT, USA 07-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "This book is complex"

    When I was told that High School students are forced to read this book I was astonished. This book is like olives. As an adult, with a mature palate, you can appreciate the potency and complexity of an olive. But give it to a kid and they will spew it out of their mouth! There is so much to think about in this story. If you read this in High School, read it again as I think you will find a whole new world of meaning.

    It can seem plodding at times. My high school son thought he took too many tangents, I found the tangents the most interesting. This book takes time, and it is not a happy story. Especially, if you see how relevant it is to us today.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Derek PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States 07-25-12
    Derek PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"
    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its way up there


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

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    it was excellent. His portrayal of the car salesman part was great.


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

    yes


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