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The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook

The Grapes of Wrath

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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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    Kelly Colorado Springs 04-23-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 04-23-17

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "Steinbeck is a Master Storyteller!!!"

    the 22nd of March 2017 I finished reading for the first time my first Steinbeck novel. On the 18th of April 2017 I finished my fifth (The Grapes of Wrath) Steinbeck novel. Each book I have loved a little more than the last, and with each one I read I love Steinbeck a little more. Truly, I am a bit obsessed. He writes with such simplicity, and develops the characters with so much heart that I love each of them. They linger in my thoughts. I cry when they experience the tragedies of life -- and boy do they experience the tragedies!

    This book vividly outlines the desperation of poverty and the horrors of prejudice. It allows the reader to sink into the fears of the characters who populate California in the 1930s, to experience the shock of the Oklahomans forced from their homes in a scramble to find food for their families. I found myself angry at the injustices experienced by the Joad families. I found myself grieving each time they lost someone they loved. And mostly I found myself thinking about how impressed I was that Mr Steinbeck -- a Californian who came from some money -- could so deftly illustrate the plight of the Okies. I left this book wishing that he had revisited this family in a sequel because I really wanted to see where their journey took them, and I really wanted to see them find a way out of the sad spiral they were in.

    John Steinbeck writes about difficult, sad and tragic parts of life. But he does so with such sweet and beautiful use of the English language and with so much attention to the development of his characters that you find yourself feeling hopeful. I will be reading my 6th Steinbeck in the next few days!

    Dylan Baker's deep, gravelly voice was wonderful for this book. I was worried that I wouldn't like him as much as Gary Sinise whom I loved so much when I listened to him read both Travels with Charley and Of Mice and Men. But I was wrong. Mr Baker's voice is perfect for this novel -- he sounds like he belongs to the time and place. He sounds like the dust might just have created the gravel in his voice!

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    Bellen Shen 04-21-17
    Bellen Shen 04-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Voice actor great; production questionable"
    What did you like best about The Grapes of Wrath? What did you like least?

    Pros:
    Voice actor was fine. Story was great and, despite it taking place during the Great Depression, had great pertinence to today's (2017) America and world.

    Cons:
    Between each chapter, there is a sound clip of a harmonica that is quite a bit louder than the voice actor's volume. I had the volume higher to hear the voice actor's reading, and so the end of every chapter always catches me (and my eardrums) by surprise. In some cases, the harmonica tune overlaps the last few seconds of a chapter and drowns out the voice actor's reading. While the artistic intent is loud and clear (pun intended), the practical consequences weren't thought out at all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The decision to put in the harmonica tune at a volume higher than the voice actor's reading could be described as fairly irritating and made the audiobook almost unbearable. The timing was also off at some parts, drowning out the last few seconds of some chapters. Had Steinbeck's writing not been so good, I would have stopped listening two chapters in.

    The voice actor's performance was fine - no issues there.


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    Linda Cooley 04-18-17
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    "Bland with no real ending or closure."

    Bland with no real ending or closure. Good historical significance but I expected much more from an American classic Novel. The performance was fantastic for the material & is the only reason I made it to the end. I would recommend simply looking up & reading a good summary of this book. Save the time...& the credit.

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    Michael 04-18-17
    Michael 04-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "constant out of place harmonica"

    a very eye-opening, unique classic with great narration. The harmonica playing between chapters is so loud and unneeded.

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    Leo 04-14-17
    Leo 04-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Gimme Those Grapes!"

    A fantastic novel with a masterful narrator. A joy read/ listen to from beginning to end

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    Amazon Customer 04-08-17
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    "Gripping."

    Dylan Baker's performance captivates and transports the reader to 1939.

    Steinbeck captured the sweet and sour realities of the hardships of society-economic life in post depression America.

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    Bryn 04-05-17
    Bryn 04-05-17
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    "Not my cup of Tea"

    Although I couldn't stay awake while trying to read it, the book is one of America's greatest novels. Not my favorite book, but it has great value as a book. It is worth reading at least once. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

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    Just Jen 04-05-17
    Just Jen 04-05-17
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    "Dylan Baker"

    I would give him 10 stars for his narration if I could. The Grapes of Wrath is a classic, obviously worthy of a high rating, the narration gave it so much life. Will be looking for other books read by him.

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    David Rodwell 04-04-17
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    "A Remarkable Performance by Dylan Baker"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had never actually read Steinbeck. It would be silly for me to make any comments about his talent...thousands wiser than I have done that already.

    I can however tip my hat to Dylan Baker. His treatment of Steinbeck is priceless. He seems to channel Henry Fonda but also has the perfect voice for every other character. His voicing for Joad's grandmother is priceless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim Casy, the preacher, is pretty fabulous and closely followed by Muley Graves, a neighbor of main character Joad.

    These two men are remarkable and are brought to life in stunning clarity!


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

    Well the very first thing is he allows me to drive the car while these characters explode out of some amazing writing. He also characterizes each character, giving each his or her own personalized voice and delivery.


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

    I was quite touched by the humanity of Jim Casy, the somewhat defrocked preacher as he explains why he has left the calling.


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    David L. Moore 04-02-17
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    "Classic well done."

    Never read this book. Having listened to it, I have seen a glimpse into tragic piece of American history. Injustices know no bounds.

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