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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Robert 03-09-14
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    "Brilliant Social Commentary & Compelling Story"
    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    No. I rarely listen to or reread books. There are too many on my list. This should not deter you from listening. This


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I think of the Woody Guthrie songs "Do Re Me" & "I Ain't Got No Home", I think of "Grapes of Wrath". Steinbeck writes an amazing social commentary rich in history wrapped in a compelling story. It is a part of US history that we would rather not face.

    Steinbeck could not have realized that many of the themes he wrote about resonate today. I will not spoil the book in any way by discussing them here.


    Any additional comments?

    It may be my imagination, but I Dylan Baker sounded like Henry Fonda. So iconic was Fonda's performance, I may simply not have been able to get it out of my head. That being said, Baker conveyed the same soft spoken character and strength that I remember of Fonda's performance. Brilliant.

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    LL edmonds, washington, United States 03-07-14
    LL edmonds, washington, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Dear Audiobook Producers,"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    I would consider the narration to be excellent, but I can't say it is better than the print version due exclusively to the very VERY annoying harmonica music that blasts the eardrums out between chapters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The layers of the story are masterfully crafted, from the characters to the setting, the sounds and flavors of the people and the land are poetically tragic and beautiful.


    What three words best describe Dylan Baker’s voice?

    ...ruined by harmonica.


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

    Read the Book.


    Any additional comments?

    Dear Audiobook Producers, Enough with the music, already. We listen to audiobooks for the story - music is just an annoying distraction and in the case of this book, a painful one. Your sound editor needs a spanking.

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    Jacks Murrieta, CA, United States 01-06-14
    Jacks Murrieta, CA, United States 01-06-14

    I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.

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    This one of them books you wish would never end. It's heartbreaking and gives you pause.

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    Dan 12-27-13
    Dan 12-27-13
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    "A humbling story"
    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a long listen, which is what I wanted. Also it is a classic, again what I wanted. On this basis, it ranks high. The book outlined the good and bad of our society during a time of great prosper....and .....despair. It was excellent! A little slow in the 1st quarter, but I felt it picked up once the "family" began their travel westward.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The drive of the characters to fulfill their basic needs to have food, clothing and shelter. The innovation of how they were able to survive made me realized how lucky I am to have not been in their shoes. It allowed me to appreciate how much I have and how little I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    There are an awful lot of people in this country that should take the time to read this book and reflect on being a little more caring and sharing with others that are not quite as fortunate.

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    Ben Miller Greenwood Village, Colorado USA 10-18-13
    Ben Miller Greenwood Village, Colorado USA 10-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Read this Book Again"
    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    We all read Grapes of Wrath in high school. Well, read it again. Speaking for myself, it is one of the most moving, heroic, and inspirational novels ever written. And, Dylan Baker's reading is one of the top five I've listened since becoming an Audible.com member years ago.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grapes of Wrath?

    The ending of the book will play over and over in your mind's eye.


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

    Tough choice.......probably grandpa.


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    E. W. Sawyer Connecticut 10-03-13
    E. W. Sawyer Connecticut 10-03-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Perfect performance"

    Dylan Baker is so good that he actually sounds like Henry Fonda. This performance is outstanding.

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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 06-26-13
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Must Read"

    While Steinbeck's style takes some getting used to at the beginning of the novel, I enjoyed almost every minute of listening to this book I have been meaning to read for years. As a Californian I enjoyed the history. As a reader I appreciated the honesty of the book and highly recommend it.

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    charles Garberville, CA, United States 06-25-13
    charles Garberville, CA, United States 06-25-13
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    "Pure Americana!"
    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best stories ever told about the great dust bowl.Cant belive chemicals still rule our lives!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    everybody,or the story would'nt be complete!


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

    really!


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

    yep!


    Any additional comments?

    simplfly

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    Mimi Dawsonville, GA, United States 06-10-13
    Mimi Dawsonville, GA, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Truly great novel and writing"
    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    Yes, but it would have to be a really long trip! We listened to this on a drive to the Pacific Northwest and both husband and I were entranced. The reader had many different voices and oddly (or not) the voice of Young Tom Joad sounded just like Henry Fonda! Imagine that. This is not an easy book in that the story is so hard and sad - the Depression and flight west to find work from Oklahoma and other parts of the country's mid-section. The writing is excellent (John Steinbeck...hello!?) and the characters endearing. I may have read this in my youth but I didn't remember it. Everyone should read it and it ought to be required reading in jr or high school classrooms. The history is worth the read.


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    Michael Norfolk, VA 06-08-13
    Michael Norfolk, VA 06-08-13 Member Since 2010

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    "It lives up to it's epic reputation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, somehow I made it through high school with out reading it. The audio recoding and narration are really good. I was really put off at first by the harmonica at the end of every chapter, but I got used to it and it actually enjoyed it. It was jarring at first and a LOT louder than the audio. Watch out if you are going to use ear buds! But somewhere during the production it blended in nicely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like Steinbeck's denunciation of banks and The Man, as it were. It is like listening to an epitaph to the Age of Agriculture due to the advent of Technology. It is the original 'outsourcing of jobs' saga.


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

    I have not, but will definitely try out another. He has a great range of voices and characters.


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

    yes


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