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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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.
Amazing story teller.
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow Captivating story, sublime messages that aren't always caught the first or second time around. Intelligent!
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
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 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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AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
i remember reading it in highschool. i did not like it. so i guess the audio version is a lot better but i think maybe now that i am 60 i view things a BIT differently as i did as a teenager.
i liked the overall plot, the reader, the character development, and the main character, the grocery clerk--ethan and his dreams and immagination. i just liked everything.
mr. baker (not my fave person but i liked the way he was portrayed.
ethan, he had so many dreams and misadventures in his dreams. i think he is very likable.
Just not to my taste. Maybe it was a wrong place to start with Steinbeck, but his writing, in this particular book, didn't speak to me at all. It is a taste matter, other people might enjoy it, as many before them have.
I have an english degree from the University of Wisconsin River-Falls (UWRF). I read, write, and listen to stories daily.
Where would I be without Ethan Allen Hawley? Steinbeck creates a personality and David Aaron Baker gives it life. He's the most experienced, most wise, he finds out too late, his story describes the fall of a great household, and it ends in death. A paragon for modern tragedy.
Steinbeck is filled with surprises with his story of Shakespeare-like evocation of a man struggling to hold onto his moral authority, in spite of the corrupting forces that surround him. Enjoyable from beginning to end.
I found the vocal characterization of David Baker to be distracting and unlikeable. I'm not sure how I would have heard the narative voice in my head had I been reading. It is a difficult character with vast swings from the silly to the philosophical. I understand why the narrator made the choices he did, but I felt that it ended up trivializing the wife and the marriage, among other shortcomings.
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