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The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook

The Grapes of Wrath

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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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    Charles V. 03-29-16
    Charles V. 03-29-16
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    "Renewing an Old Friendship"

    I read this book years ago and remembered it as one of my all time favorites. But listening to it was even better. The reader totally captures every nuance of Steinbecks masterpiece. I loved every second.

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    Norn S 03-28-16
    Norn S 03-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Brought new life to a familiar story"

    Long time ago in high school I was required to read this story I wasn't very thrilled but it had a good story to tell. It seemed to echo the stories my parents told of living through the Great Depression. I then watched the movie and got more from the book, it wasn't until I listened to this performance that The story then came to life and I found deeper meaning and feeling.
    I'd recommend this to anyone, even if they know the story.
    This is a must listen!

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    Karina Olson 03-21-16
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    "The Grapes of Wrath... When desperation gives way to something greater than itself"

    I recall in high school that this book was on University reading lists. But I think in the stand age such a story would be lost and the majority of young people. In order to be able to appreciate the depths of this story, I believe several decades of life need to of been experienced firsthand.

    Steinback introduces us to a family during the dustbowl period in the early 20th century. They leave the fruitless decimated farmland of Oklahoma, and go to seek their fortune in California, but it is anything but fortune that they find. Life is simply one challenge,hardship, or crisis after another.

    Steinback brings very critical eye to the situation brought about by manipulation of sharecroppers, poor farmers, and migrant workers who find themselves at the mercy of banks and corporate interests in the period. One sees the determined and hard-working farmer and his family at the mercy of big business as the tradition of agrarian life gives way to the machine driven industry of modern agriculture.

    Through the experiences of significant characters that constitutes a family made of unique individuals each in a struggle to survive the frustration and obstacles brought on by poverty and displacement

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    k8 athens, ga 03-16-16
    k8 athens, ga 03-16-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Devestating and Beautiful"

    A wonderfully told story of an American family during the great depression. A delicate mix of prose and storytelling kept me transfixed. Truly depressing - I cried more than once. And the narrator did a good job of capturing the vernacular Steinbeck included which helped distinguish between dialogue and narration. I am off to buy another Steinbeck.

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    Stephanie Troutman 03-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable story"

    The story is well-performed by the narrator. His use of the various voices and descriptive narration made me feel as if I were in the story myself. The Grapes of Wrath is not exactly a feel-good story, but it does shed light on the struggles of migrant workers. Each character is clearly drawn with his or her flaws and strengths showing through. I enjoyed listening to this novel and will listen to more Steinbeck novels.

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    Katie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-09-16
    Katie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best books ever written"
    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    I probably would, yes. If I was listening with someone that had not heard it before.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were interesting in their own, but I think Ma is who I admired the most. She is strong and is a voice of reason. She loves her family very much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not entirely sure which scene was my favorite. As great as the book was, most of it was sad or unfortunate. I liked all the scenes that involved Ma, like when she went to the store to buy "hamburg" and coffee at an inflated price but maintained her composure in dealing with the rude store clerk.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audiobook. I believe it is one of the best books ever written in American history. While it's pretty sad and unfortunate, I enjoyed it throughout. The narrator does an excellent job with the regional accents.

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    Mark 02-24-16
    Mark 02-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "classic"

    I am a history major and I found this book to be incredibly informative regarding the Dust Bowl and even to a hint, the Great Depression that fell over most of the east where they lost their income that they put into the bank. this book gives a very detailed and accurate depiction of what life would have been like for a Midwest farmer facing the Dust Bowl and the family also that had to move west out of no other options.

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    Jessica SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 02-17-16
    Jessica SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 02-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Harmonica"

    I loved the book. I love the author. I loved the reader. I did not like the harmonica. Why? What is the reason for the harmonica?
    Thank you. ~jessica

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    Chad Roseville, CA, United States 02-10-16
    Chad Roseville, CA, United States 02-10-16 Listener Since 2006
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    "Wow!"

    Great narration and eye opening story. Hard to believe that this fictional account was reality for so many not long ago in the USA. Makes you grateful for what you have and Sarto realize that much of the world still experiences many of the tragedies in the book!

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    David 02-09-16
    David 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional story!"

    Dylan does a great job acting out each character during his narrative. John Steinbeck Is an excellent story teller.

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