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The Winter of Our Discontent Audiobook

The Winter of Our Discontent

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1961, 1989 John Steinbeck (P)2012 Penguin

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    Shawn Ewing, NJ, United States 11-17-12
    Shawn Ewing, NJ, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Do the Ends Justify the Means?"
    Where does The Winter of Our Discontent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the book and really enjoyed listening to this audio versions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job with the voices.


    If you could rename The Winter of Our Discontent, what would you call it?

    Revenge for the Belle Adair


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sam D. Burbank, CA USA 05-18-16
    Sam D. Burbank, CA USA 05-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Memorable characters, great narration, POOR AUDIO"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    John Steinbeck? Are you kidding? I just wish it were twice as long.


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    Baker does a great job of bringing each character to life, distinctly voiced and infused with individual emotion. Very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 07-25-12
    Laura 07-25-12
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    "Love this story!"
    If you could sum up The Winter of Our Discontent in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing story teller.


    What other book might you compare The Winter of Our Discontent to and why?

    Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow Captivating story, sublime messages that aren't always caught the first or second time around. Intelligent!


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

    This was my first time to listen to Baker. He was wonderful.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to it four times so I could catch all the nuances

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan C. Masters Cambridge, MA, USA 05-11-15
    Jonathan C. Masters Cambridge, MA, USA 05-11-15 Member Since 2009

    Linux kernel engineer and author

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    "Yet another great"

    Steinbeck's writings are always captivating, profound, and moving. Winter of Discontent does not disappoint. This is absolutely recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Charlotte, NC, United States 11-25-12
    Jason Charlotte, NC, United States 11-25-12
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    "Fairly entertaining . . . a 5 or 6 out of 10"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Babak 04-24-13
    Babak 04-24-13

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    "Closer to today's problems than his other works"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter of Our Discontent?

    The most memorable moment of the book is probably his reaction when he learns what Allen had really done for the contest.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration style is very good, very in tune with the character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think and lament.


    Any additional comments?

    A jewel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 09-26-16
    Judy 09-26-16

    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

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    "stellar Steinbeck except the end"

    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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    Josh 08-10-16
    Josh 08-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional tale of morality"

    A simple, but well thought-out story about morality and cleverness, and choosing between the two.

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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 06-14-16
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 06-14-16
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    "Great writing; interesting but sometimes puzzling"

    Great writing; interesting but sometimes puzzling story and main character. The narration is very good.

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    Francis Lundy 06-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    great reading of a pretty good story. top 5 by Steinbeck, in my opinion

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