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.
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The book is among the greatest of American novels and already well-known, but in Dylan Baker's telling, it is a fresh event. He's able to render each character, major and minor, with such consistency and feeling, the effect is to create a drama in the mind even more powerful than a radio play, given Steinbeck's exposition. That Baker's voice for Tom Joad evokes Henry Fonda can't be a coincidence, but it's done so well, it makes Tom an outlaw American hero all over again.
This is by far the best audiobook — in writing and performance — I've listened to in the last two decades.
this is a classic it captures the reader five pages into the novel and keeps it until the very end. everyone should be required to read or listen to this book and talk about the lessons learned from it.
I am happiest with a story in my ear. I earn my living as a strategist and work hard as a mom of 2 boys. I'm 45, mixed race, Black & Jewish.
I somehow avoided reading this book 30 years ago in high school, and I wonder now how my perspective on our country would have been different, would have shaped who I am today, had I not avoided the assignment. I likely would have found myself working for equity and justice more fervently, with a deeper appreciation for our history of power and privilege, at a much younger age.But at this point, I'm just incredibly grateful to have been treated to this masterpiece at a time in my life when I could fully appreciate it: it was well worth the wait.
classic story about life in the great free enterprise system. the narrator couldn't have performed better. beautifully read using voices for each character of the story a must read (listen)
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