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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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    Derek A. Baker 06-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing American story, expertly performed"

    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.

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    James A Herrick 06-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration"

    This was a great book & the narrator was excellent. I would highly recommend this book.

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    K. Robinson Atlanta, GA 06-02-16
    K. Robinson Atlanta, GA 06-02-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Steinbeck somehow catches the essence of the times"

    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.

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    mamamijo 05-17-16
    mamamijo 05-17-16

    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.

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    "Worth the Wait"

    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.

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    Valerie Gospodarek 05-14-16
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    Between chapters a very annoying harmonica. Would have been better with one voice by the author

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    Sulaiman Syed Banning, CA 05-02-16
    Sulaiman Syed Banning, CA 05-02-16
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    "amazing and timeless"

    one of my favorite novels of all time...and always relevant, especially these days. everyone should read

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    Jenni Richards 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    The narration was excellent as it kept me interested the entire time. Excellent book. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to read it.

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    J. Wells Milwaukee, WI 04-23-16
    J. Wells Milwaukee, WI 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Steinbeck ' s Argument"

    Steinbeck 's argument for understanding the importance of moving from "I to we" remains relevant.

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    keith shelburne HENDERSON, NV, US 04-22-16
    keith shelburne HENDERSON, NV, US 04-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great story great performance"

    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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    Cat-Lynn Pennsylvania 04-22-16
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    A beautiful reading of a poignant American masterpiece. Steinbeck's descriptions never cease to amaze me.

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