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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Memorable characters, great narration, POOR AUDIO

Is there anything you would change about this book?

John Steinbeck? Are you kidding? I just wish it were twice as long.


Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

Baker does a great job of bringing each character to life, distinctly voiced and infused with individual emotion. Very easy to listen to.


Any additional comments?

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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- Sam D.

Do the Ends Justify the Means?

Where does The Winter of Our Discontent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love the book and really enjoyed listening to this audio versions.


What did you like best about this story?

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.


What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

He did a great job with the voices.


If you could rename The Winter of Our Discontent, what would you call it?

Revenge for the Belle Adair


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- Shawn

Book Details

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