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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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.
Dylan Baker did a great job of differentiating between the characters, but the cadence was so slow I sped it up on my Kindle.
I eventually gave up on this version and read the book.
"Grapes of Wrath" is well worth the read, and maybe a listen, but not this version.
This story still holds up as a great american story, I loved listening to this true classic..
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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.
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!
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
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!
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.
The narration. Dylan Baker really brought it to life.
Tom. He represented the hope for change and change itself.
A People Divided>
No, as much as I loved it, I think reading a book twice is enough for me.
It made me cry.
Can't remember liking the book this much when I read it first in high school! Loved Dylan Baker's performance!
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.
This is good as a history lesson too.
The performance of the book was hauntingly real. The narrator was able to put you in the time and place with this struggling family.
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.
His voice evokes the bitter reality and tremendous suffering of the time
Well worth the listen
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