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

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.

Book Details

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