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
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.
The narrator performed well, but the book's ending was terribly unsatisfying. The journey of the Joad family from Oklahoma to California is wrought with struggle and misfortune. Once in California, the Joads never do have any easy time trying to live. The listener is left feeling as desperate and hopeless and angry as any of the characters. The Great Depression was no joke. This should be required reading for youth. My emotions were all over the place and the Joads are an unforgettable family who survived despite countless obstacles without losing their own humanity.
I don't know how I missed reading this until now. It's on the short list of greatest novels ever written and it belongs there as the quintessential "everyman" novel.
Dylan Baker does a solid job differentiating the voices of the different HEY DO YOU LIKE HARMONICA MUSIC? YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO SOME JOLTINGLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC RIGHT NOW WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT! characters. But the producer who put this audiobook together didn't OH LOOK IT'S TIME FOR MORE REALLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC! I HOPE YOU LIKE IT BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T IT'S REALLY GOING TO MESS WITH THE STORY! consider the way it would sound if every chapter was separated with some lousy harmonica playing at nine thousand decibels. The overall experience of listening to this OOPS NOW HERE'S ANOTHER SUPER LOUD HARMONICA INTERLUDE!! audiobook as an exercise in patience. Not recommended if, for example, you like listening to audiobooks at bedtime.
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