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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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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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    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


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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 2013
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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 2014
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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 2012
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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 2014
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-17-12
    Kerri Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    There are soooo many books yet to 'read' so I probably wouldn't...but I would highly recommend this to others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ma. She had the biggest character transformation from meek wife to leader of the family.


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

    Yes...but it was entirely too long for that! I ended up changing the speed to fast on my MP3 player so that I could get to the next 'thing' quicker. The narrator was good but a bit slow for my preference.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 06-30-12
    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Powerful audiobook!"
    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    Trans- formative experience


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality of this story and performance make you feel like you are witnessing the events. Excellent historic fiction.


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

    Liked them all - masterful performance by author


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

    My reaction was a pity to see further evidences of life without A relation with Jesus Christ - not religion but relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    I've now put East of Eaden on my wish list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tobin Newark, DE, United States 06-20-12
    Tobin Newark, DE, United States 06-20-12
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    "An enjoyable masterpiece"

    I hadn't appreciated this book much in high school. From a more experienced perspective I now see what a fantastic book it is. It raises questions about human existence that are both timeless and timely. Paradoxically, Americans are far better off now than in the era portrayed in the book, and yet in many regards events and attitudes seem entirely too familiar. If you wonder whether there can be a compelling alternative to the recent ascendance of Objectivism, look no further.

    While Baker's vocal take on Tom Joad became rather grating after a while, the variety and consistency with which the characters are voiced makes them all the more memorable and three-dimensional. I've never heard a male performer do such a great job with female voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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