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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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    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.


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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.

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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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    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.


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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!

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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.

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    Laura Houston, TX, United States 06-18-12
    Laura Houston, TX, United States 06-18-12
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    "Good Except Voice Changes"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes it helped me stay focused into the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom or Al Joad, Because I can relate to them the best


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

    The head of the Womens Committee


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

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    You need to have some more excitement in the voices sometimes.... I know its a sad book but most of the book is monotone.....

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    Ralph Ukiah, CA, United States 06-15-12
    Ralph Ukiah, CA, United States 06-15-12
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    "Touch of Gray"

    It seems most readers nowadays approach this book because of a course in American Literature and, in the true essence of college students everywhere, grab a video of the movie and a copy of Cliff's Notes and leave it at that.
    They are missing a great tale of a great migration. This is a story akin to the Pilgrims crossing the Atlantic or the Pioneers in their wagon trains; the second wave of the poor who fled their homes and lands with the hope they could begin anew and, this time, succeed. These are the people who fled the pogroms, the potato famines, the wars and came with hands itching to work in the new world.
    The land they left was the mid west and they fled the Depression, the Dust, and their Debt. GRAPES OF WRATH is a tale of the American Clearances, as dreadful and any clearance of the Highlands, and the struggle to survive the savages: the California landowners and their unofficial armies who feared the influx of this mass of people, the California politicians who feared loss of their seats of power, the California people who feared their need to help them, to take care of them. "Okies," we called them to make them a different animal and not a fellow human being.
    To better understand their plight, stop halfway through and listen to THE WORST HARD TIMES by Timothy Egan. Then come back and finish this book.
    Like the words of the Grateful Dead song Touch of Gray ... I will get by ... I will survive.

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