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The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook

The Grapes of Wrath

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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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    Jim 07-10-15
    Jim 07-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    One of the best ever. Don't hesitate to listen to this masterpiece. Some of the most memorable characters ever created.

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    Diane-in-Colorado 07-09-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent performance, gripping novel"

    This was a truly eye-opening book about the dust bowl and the great migration to California and all that immigrants had to endure and try to survive. It was heart-breaking and yet uplifting at the same time. The narrator did an excellent job.

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    Arturo's Dad Tucson, AZ 07-06-15
    Arturo's Dad Tucson, AZ 07-06-15

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    "F@*king Harmonica!!"

    An amazing performance of one of the great American novels unfortunately marred by the choice of the boneheaded director to insert obscenely loud harmonica riffs between each and every chapter. I listen at bedtime every night, and can't count how many times I was jarred me from a deep slumber. Bonehead.

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    Michael 07-04-15
    Michael 07-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful Story and Performance"

    Dylan Baker does a remarkable job of portraying each of Steinbeck's characters. In listening to this audiobook, you become immersed in the conversations, the culture and history framed in this story. Great book.

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    Kara 07-04-15
    Kara 07-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a classic that still resonates"

    loved it. this is a classic that should be read by all. we could all learn something.

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    Deana Davidson 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable?

    This is greatest book I have ever read and I loved the narrator, Dylan Baker for the fabulous accents and narration and I even liked the harmonica bit between chapters. I don't know why others didn't like that part. It fit well with the story and gave a break from the intense drama to catch your breath. Perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Joad has a ton of character and sense. He is my favorite but Ma comes in second. I do love Casey though. Hard to choose because I really love them all.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job with the accents and I didn't notice any flubs at all. It was consistent in tone. I think he read it the way it was intended by the author. There were no unintelligible words at all and there are a lot of words in this book!


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

    No way. It was over twenty hours. Took several days and I couldn't wait to get back to it each day.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to start it all over again right now from the beginning. I miss the characters I loved it so much. Its a bit strange, but I am not surprised because I know Steinbeck is incredible.

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    Loren Casuto San Diego, CA 06-17-15
    Loren Casuto San Diego, CA 06-17-15

    I am made by my choices and that which I read, or listen to in the car on my long commute

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    "Truly a powerful and amazing story"

    An American Classic worthy of reading. The power of the words and story are haunting considering what the Joad family went through just to get to California let alone just stay alive. It tells the depression in a powerful way few authors can. I can't recommend this book enough.

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    Keith J Griffin II 06-14-15
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    "Great production"

    I just recently joined audible and this was one of my 2 freebies. I had been wanting to read this book for sometime and never get around to it. This production of it was great. If you enjoyed the novel please give this a shot.

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    Cesar 06-11-15
    Cesar 06-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Emotional"

    I had always wanted to read this novel. It is clear why it is considered a classic. I think Steinbeck does a wonderful job of telling the dignified story of an immigrant family forced to leave everything they know and love. He paints a multi-sided picture of why there is conflict when new people arrive in an area. The culture clash and confusion on both sides that occurs when two people from different worlds come together is painted beautifully. Above all, I leave the novel with a better understanding of how people end up on different sides of an issue and with a more clear understanding of how we need to approach resolution of these issues with empathy to al sides. One more message... When you strip everything else out of the way, we are all just people. We all love and we all suffer and we all have dignity and we all need other people. This novel brings it all to light and is everlasting because this same story is being lived today all over the world.

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    Booker 06-07-15
    Booker 06-07-15

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    Yes...except for the jolting harmonica!


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

    I'm only on chapter 13...that's 12 times I've been startled by the unexpected LOUD harmonica heralding the upcoming end of a chapter!


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

    Very engaging narration.


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

    No, it's too long.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a very important and tragic piece of our history, that was extremely well written as well as narrated. The only reason I am writing this review is to add my voice to the others that found the STARTLINGLY LOUD HARMONICA MUSIC AN UNFORTUNATE DISTRACTION FROM ENJOYMENT OF THIS AUDIO BOOK. It would have been a nice touch had it not been so LOUD! I want the producers aware of the problem.

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