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 hadn't read the book in decades, and hearing it as an Audible truly brought it to life. It was almost a completely new experience.
Another Steinbeck classic, East of Eden, which I'm about to order as another Audible book.
I can't say enough about Dylan's performance -- pacing, extremely distinctive voices of all the characters, an obvious understanding and love for the material. He brought a level of talent to his narration that made the entire literary experience more emotional and memorable. His Tom Joad sounded a lot like Henry Fonda (who played Tom in the classic film)!
Yes, but it's extremely long, so that wasn't possible.
This is a great way to re-acquaint yourself with one of the Great American Novels, and to gain an even greater appreciation of Steinbeck's genius. The book's underlying message about class inequality resonates strongly today.
I think the audio version and the movie had similar sounding voices. I think this gave me a good picture of the condition. The detail of the book over the movie brought back this period as told to me by my parents. I should have read this book fifty years ago but did not. Better late than never thanks to this unabridged reading of this very important piece of work.
Atlas Shrugged, the 3 Hunger Games books and the Grapes of Wrath all have a connection for me. Since they are all dealing with the haves and have nots, it is interesting for me to access my own beliefs about hard work, privilege and economic markets.
I see Henry Fonda in this story and it was nice that the voice matched the picture in my mind.
The movie was perfect and should be left alone.
Being forced off the land by a tractor or being replaced by a robot in the factory seem to bring the 1930's conundrum right into 2012.
Recommended based on the great writing.
Very well detailed, moving, occasionally funny.
The premise seems to be that the poor people are always good, honest, generous and are victims.
depressing, artistic, moving
Ma, for stepping up and doing what's right
when things get better for a time in the government camp
Don't watch this if you're already depressed
The Grapes of Wrath would have been harder to get through were it not for the great performance on Audible. The book is truly a work of art but it is so sad at times that it can be hard to press through.
I really got sucked into this book early on. I was right there with them. When they were getting ready to leave for Cali I absent-mindedly felt like my life were about to dramatically change also. I literally had to remind myself that I wasn't leaving the state tomorrow! Strange how some fiction interweaves with your life when you listen to audio books while doing day to day tasks. I have to say that as much as I was sucked in, the harmonica breaks jerked me right back out of the book in an unpleasant way. I cringed every time.
I would definately listen to it again. Masterful storytelling both by author and narrator!
I could most identify with Casey in this story as he searches for meaning and purpose past the superficial trappings of "religion".
The most moving scene in the book for me was the image the children going hungry and the pain it caused for their families
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.
The strength of the family's mother
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.
NO! - But Obama would . . .
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.
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.
I have read the book and seen the movie. The audio edition is in a whole different category.
When the fight was prevented at the government camp.
The inflection in his voice and his pronunciation of the colloquialisms.
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