The Winter of Our Discontent

  • by John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by David Aaron Baker
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Love this story!

If you could sum up The Winter of Our Discontent in three words, what would they be?

Amazing story teller.

What other book might you compare The Winter of Our Discontent to and why?

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow Captivating story, sublime messages that aren't always caught the first or second time around. Intelligent!

Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time to listen to Baker. He was wonderful.

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


Any additional comments?

I listened to it four times so I could catch all the nuances

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- Laura

Closer to today's problems than his other works

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter of Our Discontent?

The most memorable moment of the book is probably his reaction when he learns what Allen had really done for the contest.

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

His narration style is very good, very in tune with the character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think and lament.

Any additional comments?

A jewel.

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- Babak "Avid Reader"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio