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
No, as much as I loved it, I think reading a book twice is enough for me.
It made me cry.
Can't remember liking the book this much when I read it first in high school! Loved Dylan Baker's performance!
Steinbeck's descriptive writing. He has chapters in this book where he describes the attitudes or situation of not those in the story, but the happenings around those in the story. I felt as if I were experiencing the times of the 1930's. The realism is incredible.
This is good as a history lesson too.
The performance of the book was hauntingly real. The narrator was able to put you in the time and place with this struggling family.
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.
His voice evokes the bitter reality and tremendous suffering of the time
Well worth the listen
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?)
Of course, Tom Joad's speech calling for social justice at the end of the book.
See Henry Fonda as an angry young man.
My listen was prompted by an NPR segment on "Where is the liberal Ayn Rand?" Answer: John Steinbeck.
Especially in these times this part of history needs to be remembered, and this book tells a story we can't afford to forget.
I liked the performance and found it easy to listen to.
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.
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.
Tell us about yourself!
Family's hard times
Tom Joad. He carries the story most of the way through
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
No. It would be a long sitting but I was always looking forward to getting back to it
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.
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.
emotions of all characters involved; especially the resilience of the women who stand behind great men during their struggles
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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