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 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
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!
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Steinbeck's writings are always captivating, profound, and moving. Winter of Discontent does not disappoint. This is absolutely recommended.
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.
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.
Great writing; interesting but sometimes puzzling story and main character. The narration is very good.
This novel is more than can be defined in the write up although the book description is excellent. The heart of the book can't be defined in words, but by listening to the blessed words my own heart has been made young again.
I don't know how many books I've read in my life. A lot, I guess. But few would wring from me the adjective "superb", perhaps none since Updike's 'Rabbit Redux' some three decades ago. Don't taste it, devour it and feel it seep into your bones.
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