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The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook

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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    alex dolan balin 10-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bravo Baker, but Never Again!"
    Has The Grapes of Wrath turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This question presumes that I was at any point this genre of literature "turned me on." It has not and continues to disappoint.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again this begs the question "do you have a favorite scene?" I don't. All I take away from this nearly day-long endeavor are five chapters of use: Chapter 5, 7, 9, 12, &15. Otherwise I'm owed that part of my life back.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the continual celebration of a most unimpressive work and author. Education needs to return to the classics and leave American literature to Twain.


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    A. King AZ 10-12-15
    A. King AZ 10-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great re-read!"

    I read this initially in high school but it was really great to read a second time as an adult.

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    Bryan Ausinheiler DPT,OCS,CSCS 10-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent reader, immersive experience"

    The voice acting brought the characters Oklahoma accents to life far more than reading it would have

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    R. G. Pickering Coral Springs, FL USA 10-09-15
    R. G. Pickering Coral Springs, FL USA 10-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Deep Feelings Well Described"

    It is easy to see why this is a classic. The story development and the beautiful description of feelings and the environment throughout cannot be topped.

    The only reason for 4 stars is because it is depressing to me. I cannot believe we had such a terrible time in our history. We still have some form of those times, but not to such a debilitating degree.

    But the family is a strong one and a very supportive one of each other. No one can match the mother! The normal development of their lives, along with their hopes and wishes is superbly told.

    I am very glad I finally "read" this book.

    I must say the reader is also superb! His different voices are ideal. He is clear with a nice pace and deep feeling for each character. He was the perfect choice.

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    Nadia Tecuanhuey 10-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't put this down!"

    Each character had its own voice and personality, perfected. I never finished the book for class, we even saw the movie which I enjoyed as well but the narration here was unmatchable. When it got to the end I re-started the book again.

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    Aaron Lewis 10-01-15
    Aaron Lewis 10-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful story, phenomenally told..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended it to several. If not for the story, I recommend this book just for the beautiful pictures that Steinbeck paints with his words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim Casy is my hero. "Preaching is telling folks. I'm asking them."


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

    Baker does a wonderful job giving life and personality to the characters, and his timing was spot on.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without spoiling critical plot development, I can't mention particular moments, but there were several parts of this book that had me in tears on the road,


    Any additional comments?

    I certainly plan on adding more Steinbeck to my library, and as a result, I look forward to traveling for work.

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    Karen 09-29-15
    Karen 09-29-15
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    "Good but could be faster"

    This is a great book but the problem is that the guy reading is to slow for my liking and made this book longer than it should've been.

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    Lisa Kailua, HI, United States 09-24-15
    Lisa Kailua, HI, United States 09-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible!"

    I recommend this book whole heartedly.
    It will have you laughing and crying.
    The narrative is excellent and the writing couldn't be better. I wish there was a sequel.

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    Alanna B. 09-22-15
    Alanna B. 09-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic story and fantastic narrating."

    It's a dark, depressing story about the depression era. Steinbeck was clearly a socialist. Human kind should always take care of each other.

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    Scottboze 09-18-15
    Scottboze 09-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully told."

    One of the greatest works of American literature has been brought to life by a phenomenal narrator. I was actually sad when it ended because I enjoyed the telling so much.

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