The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers—a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis
In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.”
Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.
Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition.
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John Steinbeck? Are you kidding? I just wish it were twice as long.
Baker does a great job of bringing each character to life, distinctly voiced and infused with individual emotion. Very easy to listen to.
I'm giving this audiobook three stars instead of five because of Audible's sloppy, shoddy editing. Words are clipped off at the end of chapters, and there are jump cuts where the words have been lost. This poor quality work is a gross disservice to a master writer like Steinbeck, and to the paying customer expecting a professional, unabridged product. Get your act together, Audible!
I love the book and really enjoyed listening to this audio versions.
It is a classic snapshot of society. Though the story is 50 years old people still value position and money in society in the same manner.
He did a great job with the voices.
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This was my first time to listen to Baker. He was wonderful.
I listened to it four times so I could catch all the nuances
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Steinbeck's writings are always captivating, profound, and moving. Winter of Discontent does not disappoint. This is absolutely recommended.
The Winter Of Our Discontent is a fairly interesting story, but it does not equal Steinbeck’s notable novels The Grapes Of Wrath or East Of Eden.
The main character goes into lengthy introspective/analytical monologues quite often, and I found it difficult to focus on his musings. The story definitely had its positive moments, but it was a little slow for me. The overall plot was entertaining, but a little underwhelming.
Steinbeck is a very good author, so his more mediocre books (like this one) are still pretty good compared to the average author. For what it is worth, this book won the Nobel Prize for Literature, so another reader/listener may fall in love with it.
I love all of Steinbeck's works, but this piece really touched me more than the others. It tells the story that we can really relate to today.
The most memorable moment of the book is probably his reaction when he learns what Allen had really done for the contest.
His narration style is very good, very in tune with the character.
It made me think and lament.
This is my favorite of Steinbeck's works. The narrator is great. The production would be perfect if one or two seconds of silence was left at the end of each chapter.
Engaging, entertaining, mysterious. The direction of the story, well told and well read, was unpredictable and layered. Steinbeck was a most excellent writer.
There's something about this book that grabs you by the lapels and pulls you into it. It's very sophisticated and subtle in its delivery, with complicated characters that keep your attention. A little bit difficult for me to understand plot movement at times, because Steinbeck rarely uses direct statements. I kind of enjoyed this aspect though. Liked this story a lot though I'm not entirely sure why. Good portrayal of the nuances and undertones of human interaction with an atmosphere of some loneliness and detachment
I've always had more love for reading than time for it. Now Audible lets me read while I drive, cook, garden, clean, workout, etc. I love it
was a great story with strong character development. But the end was too ethereal and did not complete the story very well. the narration was excellent!
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