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Publisher's Summary

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece.
Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires, and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit.
©1939 John Steinbeck (P)2010 Hachette Digital
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By Bruce aka (McGoolie) on 09-03-12

Revisit humanity v self interest 1930's style

Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top ten as it made me rethink the future of our capital system

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the 1930's are being revisited and the same issues prevail<br/>religious ignorance, the xenophobic fear of immigrants, irrational fears about social groups, muddle headed self interested economic decisions, abuse by those in power and the struggling humanity and love shown by the down-trodden who die to survive the above.

Have you listened to any of John Chancer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Who was the most memorable character of The Grapes of Wrath and why?

Ma's character builds through the book to become the one who holds the family unit together and must deal with all the demons and family differences.

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By george on 03-03-13

Fear travelled on the shoulder of every character.

The story of a family forced from their life as tenant farmers into the uncertainty of life chasing work in far off California is heartbreaking - no wonder it was banned - it showed the "lucky country" as one of destitution for the many and luxury for the few.

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By James on 04-16-11

A book with a great voice

So I'd recently started reading 'The Grapes Of Wrath', but found that by the time I finally sat down to read it was always late at night, and I was too tired to concentrate on reading a physical book. I thought maybe being read to would be the answer, unfortunately none of my flatmates were willing so I thought I'd try audible.

The voice of John Chancer is perfect for this book. For those of you new to audiobooks and unsure what to expect(as I was), John Chancer reads the book very clearly and with expression, and when it comes to dialogue he alters his voice for the different characters, so for long conversations you can always be sure who is talking. Yet another advantage I found is that for the dialogue Steinbeck writes matches the dialect and accents of the characters, for example he writes ' 'Look, I been scourin' aroun' for three weeks all over hell, an' I ain't'...', and the narrator reads this out exactly to mimic the dialect and accents.

As for the book itself, I was surprised at how relevant it still was, and the messages Steinbeck gets across are truly profound. The characters are well developed, and unbelievably human.

I'm convinced any reader will grow to love the Joad family, and listening to their adventure will become a great part of your day!


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By Crocker on 11-28-10

A audiobook masterpiece

The quality of the book and narration make this one of the best audio books I have heard in some time, it is a shining example of how good narration enhances even the finest work,I would certainly recommend this classic of American literature.

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By Graham on 05-18-15

Don`t Miss This Experience

Having not read many classics, I approached this one with reservation. Would I be interested enough to see it through to the end? It turns out, I needn`t have worried. John Chancer does such a wonderful job of narrating the story and playing all the characters. I felt like I was there as a stage director with nothing to do. Subtle changes of voice for some characters were all that was needed. I was never at a loss to know who was speaking and what they looked like. What can I say about the story that hasn`t been said before? If anyone thinks they`re doing it tough after listening to this, well, there`s just no pleasing some people. If you are in two minds, wether to buy it or not, BUY IT.

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By Gracious on 11-16-15

We are the folks that live.

After finishing this book I wanted more so I watched the 1940 movie starring Henry Fonda, and I must say all these characters came to life much more through John Chancer's reading than through John Ford's movie, and I think that might be saying a lot.

At the beginning I wondered what I had got myself involved with, but I was determined to see it through and I am glad I did. It's not a classic for nothing. I felt lost when it finished.

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