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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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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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    Katherine East Stroudsburg, PA, United States 10-29-12
    Katherine East Stroudsburg, PA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    The audio version, with the expert handling of Dylan Baker, is far more enjoyable than the print version, because he brings the just-right tone of voice to each of the characters. The inter-chapters can be tricky to navigate and fully comprehend, in terms of their purpose, in print, but Baker made them sensible and clear-of-purpose. I am deeply impressed by this audio book!


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

    If I could've spent the hours it takes for Baker to make his way through this tale in one sitting if only I didn't have a full-time job and family to mind...his reading was brilliant and the story--dare I bother to say?--is riveting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not one to miss...if you are questioning whether or not to listen to this classic on audible.com, I implore you to buy it and listen. I have no doubt you will be glad you did!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Brown Austin, TX United States 10-11-12
    Marc Brown Austin, TX United States 10-11-12

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    "Can't Imagine a Better Version"
    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    The story is more like a meditation and the narrator navigates it beautifully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Jode


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Tom Jode...because he was so compelling. But I loved his inflection with the priest. And his women's voices were outstanding. Truly remarkable considering the scope of the story and the range of characters.


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

    "A true American classic." (I've never read this book and I don't consider myself to be overly patriotic, but this story wouldn't be quite the same in any other setting)


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first experience with an audible "classic", with this story, with this length in audio form, and with this narrator. I truly can't imagine a better experience with this story.

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    Jessica and Will 10-11-12
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    "Great book - wonderful narration - LESS HARMONICA"

    Love this book. The narrator was just great - perfectly suited to the story. Real art on both sides of the equation. Then... there's that the harmonica. Not that I have problem with harmonicas perse, but... not ramrodded into your brain in the dead of night... And! It's really good harmonica--but I need that harmonica in this recording like I need a toaster in my bathtub.

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    Shannon A. Kimbell Auth Lakeport, CA USA 10-03-12
    Shannon A. Kimbell Auth Lakeport, CA USA 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't get this version!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In "The Grapes of Wrath" Steinbeck tells of the story of the Great Dust Bowl. To tell it in both a personal and national perspective he alternates his chapters between the story of the Joad family and the broader story of the land and nation. Because he alternates the storytelling in this way, I thought the harmonica interlude spurned by many of the reviewers would actually be welcome, signaling the change from the personal story of the Joads to the collective story of the land and its inhabits.
    It was NOT welcome, but jarring. The harmonica was recorded so much louder than Dylan Baker, the narrator, that a number of times it literally made me jump, so startling and out of place did it sound.


    Did Dylan Baker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Dylan Baker did a great job of differentiating between the characters, but the cadence was so slow I sped it up on my Kindle.


    Was The Grapes of Wrath worth the listening time?

    I eventually gave up on this version and read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    "Grapes of Wrath" is well worth the read, and maybe a listen, but not this version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Thompson Framingham MA 10-01-12
    Cynthia Thompson Framingham MA 10-01-12 Member Since 2009

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

    This story still holds up as a great american story, I loved listening to this true classic..


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    Michael K. McCleary SE US 10-01-12
    Michael K. McCleary SE US 10-01-12 Member Since 2009

    Just a poster

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    "There's a reason it's a classic"

    It is amazing the parallels of today's society. The story is sad but very gritty and oh so real. The harmonica is something that will grow on you.

    And yes, the narration is first rate. When I looked up the narrator's biography I was pleasantly surprised that I knew him from other roles.

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    Steve Tillman Reno, NV USA 09-29-12
    Steve Tillman Reno, NV USA 09-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stop the music!"

    I enjoyed the story, a classic, and the narration was excellent. I was disappointed and annoyed at the harmonica playing at the start of a chapter. Not only was it not needed but it was so loud that I lost concentration on what I had just heard. Also, I sometimes listen when I go to bed. I doze off listening and will resume later at the last chapter I remembered. I would just get to sleep and the harmonica playing (so loud!) would always wake me! I finally bought the book just to finish the story!

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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-26-12
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "It's a true classic."

    I read this classic decades ago in high school. Today, I enjoyed the audiobook immensely. This is a great "period" classic which portrays a unique time in American history. Enjoy!

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    Bryan DEXTER, MO, United States 09-24-12
    Bryan DEXTER, MO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, Great narration"

    The story of the Joad family in the Depression is touching, though the social injustice theme comes across too heavy handed (in lieu of writing that allows readers to draw their own conclusions) The narrator, Dylan Baker, provides a believable voice for each character.

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    Eric P. Carson Aurora, Illinois 09-23-12
    Eric P. Carson Aurora, Illinois 09-23-12

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    "This story soon to repeat."
    What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable?

    The narration. Dylan Baker really brought it to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom. He represented the hope for change and change itself.


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

    No


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

    A People Divided>


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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