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.
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Narrator did a fantastic job with voicing the different characters. But lose that harmonica! It's a great story, of course.
I listen to a lot of Audible books; been trying to cover The Great Novels I never got around to before. This treatment of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath - read by Dylan Baker - is the most masterful, almost loving, production I've experienced. He recreates different voices and accents well, and reads Steinbeck's lyrical interludes as reverently as Steinbeck treated the language. I'll be looking for more from this team!
Bob Finger "professional online purchaser"
I haven't read too many classics sad to say. Audible has made it available to me. I doze off sitting and reading. For this book especially I couldn't have experienced it otherwise.
So many human struggles here. Quite a few lessons we should already know but often fail to implement. The overall tone of "we in place of I" is powerful. It is a story of empathy. The story has many lows and few highs but it speaks directly to the tenacity of the human spirit. We all benefit from the trials of those before us. It made a mark on my soul.
Being on the road a lot, I listen to Audible practically everyday. It's a great way to pass the time as the miles roll by. This rendition of one of our nation's most iconic novels is superb. Dylan Baker's narration is astounding. His well crafted individual voices to the characters cause this story to leap alive in the listener's imagination. I highly recommend this recording. It is wonderful. At the conclusion, I realized this story will stay with me for quite some time.
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.
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!
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
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.
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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