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
Some friends and I were discussing politics trading book recommendations. one of my friends I don't remember who recommended this book.
This book is good enough to earn a second listen. Even though it is over 21 hours in length, I was heartbroken when it ended, because I wanted it to go on and on.
The family comes to life. Deep insights into human nature and realistic details make for a powerful, moving tale.
Don't miss this one, especially if you've lived in or driven through California's southern San Joaquin Valley.
Easily one of the most powerful books ever written. A timely reminder of, in part, what this nation was built on, what we've lost in our own identity, and how we're reliving challenges of past generations.
Steinbeck knows how to draw a picture with words. I could feel the despair of the migrant workers. It's all so sad. And it will hopefully give people a better understanding of the migrant workers (illegal aliens) if today.
The narrator was excellent. I googled him and recognized him. It gave me a new respect for the actor, Dylan Baker. He had a voice for each character, male and female; and I would swear that Henry Fonda was reading the Tom Jode part! Baker was that good!
I highly recommend this book. I like Steinbeck, and now I'll also put Dylan baker-narrated books on my must-listen list!
Excellent narrative performance. Remarkably touching. Steinbeck's message still resonates today for the common man. Filled with events that transcends generations.
I love this app,the novel was clear and the voice keep the story interesting and kept me enjoying each chapter.
I enjoyed learning about the dust storms in the 1930s
I would say Casy
it made me laugh on some parts but for the most of the novel, I enjoyed learning how people coped with their struggles in that 1930s.
The reader does a fantastic job with all the character voices. It really helps to follow the story when each character has a distinct voice that is consistent throughout the book.
Only one complaint; the annoyingly loud harmonica interludes. They're totally unnecessary.
Otherwise, it's a wonderful performance of the great American Odyssey.
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