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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1939 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

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Not a boring moment

I've heard of this book my entire life but never read it. I always thought it a boring subject, family driving to California looking for work. I'm glad to report there wasn't a boring moment anywhere.

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Strange ending

Depicted an era of this country's history disturbingly and movingly. Hard to imagine so much hardship befalling one family. The ending left many unanswered questions

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Fantastic and Moving Work, Brilliantly Performed

This American classic is well-worth listening to. The oppression and contempt suffered by the Joads and the other Okies is movingly juxtaposed with their enduring decency and dignity. The tale resonates when we think of today's wretched of the earth. And the reading is completely brilliant.

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very good

sad very sad story what should have ended happy note but that's life the way it is

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Classic book with superb narration.

The narration was excellent. Every character could be easily identified. Although I read this book decades ago, the narration added significantly to my appreciation of this book.

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no more harmonica

What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable?

The story was good as it always has been.

What three words best describe Dylan Baker’s voice?

Good narrator

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love the lack of metaphor. He just tells the story.

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The harmonica was really annoying. It made me jump every time, was louder than necessary and did NOT add to the story.

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Most Off-Putting Narration Imaginable

Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

Absolutely not

What did you like best about this story?

The story is profound and moving throughout

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dylan Baker?

Almost anyone alive would have been a better reader - this narrator's bizarre affectations and absurd character renditions are the most off-putting, nauseating spoken words I may have ever heard. How he was selected to read aloud one of the finest American books from that era is unfathomable, as he inflected his own screechy, grotesque nasal tones and overwrought fake accents into the reading. I listen to scores of audio books, and nothing has ever come close to this disgusting Dylan Baker reading. It would be best used as an extraordinary example of how NOT to narrate an audiobook. It could also be played as a means of torture... yes, it is that bad.

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

NEVER

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Who chose such a profoundly inept narrator for this beautiful book? Stupefying...

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Phenomenal writing

So impactful regarding starving migrants as white as Trump being kicked to the curb by other whites who couldn't stand anyone different. Same as 2016. Nothing has changed.

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wow

Great narrator! there is even harmonica punctuating the story! Steinbeck's classic comes to life! awesomeness

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Magical writing as always.

I've always loved Steinbeck and the narration really brought the book to life. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!