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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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    Brenda Hannon, ON, Canada 09-10-12
    Brenda Hannon, ON, Canada 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Timeless and timely classic"
    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    The performance of the book was hauntingly real. The narrator was able to put you in the time and place with this struggling family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice evokes the bitter reality and tremendous suffering of the time


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen

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    Robert Rodini Malvern, PA USA 09-10-12
    Robert Rodini Malvern, PA USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "must read for those interested in social justice!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable?

    The narrator conveys the voices and accents of over a dozen characters convincingly. He does justice to Steinbeck's incredible ear for the Oklahoman dialect and other regional dialects.

    The book itself is a historical novel, a human drama, and a call for compassion for people who have been disposed by economic forces beyond their control. (does this sound familiar?)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grapes of Wrath?

    Of course, Tom Joad's speech calling for social justice at the end of the book.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N.A.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    See Henry Fonda as an angry young man.


    Any additional comments?

    My listen was prompted by an NPR segment on "Where is the liberal Ayn Rand?" Answer: John Steinbeck.

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    Raymond A Houghton Fort Bragg, CA United States 09-10-12
    Raymond A Houghton Fort Bragg, CA United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An American Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Especially in these times this part of history needs to be remembered, and this book tells a story we can't afford to forget.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked the performance and found it easy to listen to.


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    Kathleen United States 09-04-12
    Kathleen United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb reading of one of our greatest novels"

    Too often, classics are read aloud with so much reverence that they sound flat, if true to the authors words. Dylan Baker's many voices in this reading are remarkable, lively, and unflinchingly true to both Steinbeck and the people of the story. This book, one of our greatest American novels, comes to life in this reading. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who wants to read, or re-read this classic.

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    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 09-02-12
    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Going to strangle the harmonica player"

    I was seriously ready to strangle the harmonica player that makes appearances throughout the book. I hate that it detracted from the overall book, which as you can see I rated excellent for overall, performance and story. It's a gem, they just need to pull out that harmonica.

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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 08-31-12
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 08-31-12 Member Since 2006

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    "classic"
    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    Family's hard times


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Joad. He carries the story most of the way through


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but this performance was outstanding. I could hear a hint of Henry Fonda in Tom Joad and the others were distinctly voiced as well


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

    No. It would be a long sitting but I was always looking forward to getting back to it


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    P. T. Bazen 08-28-12
    P. T. Bazen 08-28-12
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    "the grapes of wrath"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    Not really but i read the book in high school and always admired steinbeck's ability to help me 'see' the places he wrote of. the audio was great though.


    What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to and why?

    a number of books come to mind that tell the stories of the tragic histories of america through the eyes of those who experienced it.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotions of all characters involved; especially the resilience of the women who stand behind great men during their struggles


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the same


    Any additional comments?

    great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bridgette United States 08-27-12
    Bridgette United States 08-27-12
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    What did you like best about The Grapes of Wrath? What did you like least?

    I am glad I listened to it since it is so iconic, but I personally was not overwhelmed by the book. I would prefer a little more action, but that is not what the book is about. It isn't a waste of time, but not my all time favorite.


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    David Eubanks Chicago, IL 08-21-12
    David Eubanks Chicago, IL 08-21-12
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    "Great Story : Great Reader"
    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    Heart and Soul


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grapes of Wrath?

    Too many to mention.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tom meeting the long, lost preacher.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Terrific Drama of the Dust Bowl Days in America


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    Bev Jackson, OH, United States 08-21-12
    Bev Jackson, OH, United States 08-21-12
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    "Heartbreaking"
    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent story, good narration.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good performance of multiple voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have done without the harmonica interludes between chapters. Gave me headaches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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