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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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une histoire hélas toujours vivante

Steinbeck écrit remarquablement bien , ses personnages deviennent familiers et attachants. Ce combat tragique et héroïque pour survivre nous permet de mieux comprendre les mécanismes de l histoire et les événements actuels. Le narrateur rend l histoire encore plus vivante et fait bien ressortir l émotion des personnages, nous les faire partager.

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  • Jeroen
  • 01/01/2013

A must read in a time of crisis

What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

I liked the way the story about the Joads was intertwined with a more general persective of the situation in the region at the time. And I really got caught in the story. I also feel that some of the things that were true then, are still true now, and that lessons can be drawn from the crisis in the 1930's to our current crisis.

What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to and why?

I have just read a Dutch book from Geert Mak, called Reizen zonder John, about the travels of John Steinbeck in the latter part of his life.

Which character – as performed by John Chancer – was your favorite?

Ma Joad

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Keeping up with the Joads

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 11/03/2012

Another look at Route 66

It was worth hauling out the old Hudson one more time to take the trip with the Joads from Oklahoma to California. It must be 20 years since I read this great novel and, twenty years more experience makes this all the better to read. The underlying sexual tension which totally escaped me as a 19 year old is now so confronting that it's hard to imagine the manuscript getting past the censors in America at the time of its release (1939).

Of course most readers will know the story of the drought, the land buy-up by the banks and developers and the dpression fuelled exodus that propelled the Joads in search of a new place of their own, a new America, if you like. Many will recall the many set-backs that befall the family; death, desertion and humilation, to mention some. And many will think, this is just too depressing to read again.

Please re-think!

When I heard John Chancer begin on the narrative, I knew it would be a new journey down an old road. Route 66 (called Highway 66 in the text) came alive for me. I listened to the Booby Troup lyrics again as the narrative played out. The words of the book could almost have been borrowed for the popular, much covered song. I was listening to the Nat King Cole version (1946), but the Stones version (and others) would do just as well. The hope of that song is somewhere in the dispair of the family. The despair and the fight and the dogged self-will fight for social justice that are captured in Chapter 27's famous closing words and in the Bruce Springstein reprise (also playing whilst I listen) of "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (1995).

I also heard a Gospel refrain (especially in Chancer's wonderful reading of Chapter 11) and the Steinbeck socialism theme jumped out in Chapter 14 ("I" versus "we") and hits you like it hit young Tom in Chapter 27. Then I remember that this was written after "In Dubious Battle" (1936) and that the author is not so naive as young Tom is about the labour movement, but you wouldn't know that in the reading. And then there is Chapter 25, read so movingly, that gives the book its name and does so effectively explain how the seeds are sown. And then we forget.

I could barely have wished for a better trip back to California. I hope I don't forget the Route in the years ahead.

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  • Wim Schalley
  • 13/01/2020

The voice acting does not serve the story

The story is great, no arguing that. But the voice acting distracts me from it. At times, I wanted to yell "Jeez, man, stop doing those silly accents and just read me the story."

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  • Bruce aka (McGoolie)
  • 03/09/2012

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
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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  • george
  • 03/03/2013

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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  • R. F. Dill
  • 17/04/2020

Time Capsule

This is a well narrated gem. There can be no argument as to Steinbeck's rich and deep insights into a terrible timw on our planet. The jargon, as a South African, is totally familiar, I must assume this due to all the Hollywood films about this particular American subculture. Depressing and uplifting all at once. The matriarchal leaning of our society is driven home with vigor and unnerving accuracy. I loved this book.

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  • Sasha Wickstrom
  • 04/01/2020

Glad to have read it- deepens ones understanding of the Great Depression

This book was like a marathon, but I’m glad I persevered. Such rich detail describing the period and the experiences of suffering during the Great Depression. John Steinbeck knew how to capture the essence of the period. I’m glad a read this as an Audio book though, because it would’ve been difficult to get through in written format. Excellent narration.

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  • io odderskov
  • 07/05/2019

Absolutely amazing.

Both the book and the performance are excellent. The narrator brings each character to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/04/2019

who am I to question Steinbeck's genius???

steinbeck is beyond good and evil! totally brilliant beyond words! I love him! One myst certainly reed everything he wrote!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28/10/2018

Really good book for my kids

My kid finished the book in one day reading and he loves it. He introduced the book to his friends.

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  • Roland
  • 27/04/2011

Bewegender Geschichtsunterricht

Dieser Roman von John Steinbeck lässt niemanden kalt. Das Schicksal der Farmer in Oklahoma in den Dreißigerjahren des vorigen Jahrhunderts geht einem unter die Haut. Insbesondere da es sich nicht um Fiktion, sondern um die erzählerische Darstellung historischer Tatsachen handelt. Die Erzählung ist gleichzeitig beeindruckend und bedrückend. Auf der einen Seite steht die gnadenlose Ausbeutung der Notlage dieser Menschen, die um ihr nacktes Überleben kämpfen, auf der anderen Seite in krassem Gegensatz hierzu der Zusammenhalt und die Solidarität innerhalb dieser Gruppe, die häufig den einzigen Hoffnungsschimmer darstellt. Ein nur kurzer Abschnitt in der amerikanischen Geschichte hat zu einem grandiosen literarischen Werk geführt, das man sich unbedingt im englischen Original anhören sollte.

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  • Paul
  • 10/07/2012

A truly gripping story

One of the best audiobooks I've heard in a long time. 20 hours and it wasn't enough. A truly great work and extremely well read with all the required accents.

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  • Sal
  • 05/12/2019

Perfekt

Eine tolle Geschichte, fantastisch vorgelesen. Das beste Hörbuch, das ich bisher gehört habe. Absolute Empfehlung

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  • Benjamin
  • 01/11/2019

Surprisingly up-to-date

About 80 years old but with the migrant crisis going on surprisingly up-to-date. Long in the middle of the book, but interesting again towards the end.

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  • R. Opitz
  • 28/08/2018

Listen to this with dry eyes....

classic need-to-have-read book. very good audio book production. Read tbe wikipedia entry for details. Liked it a lot.

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  • Ben
  • 22/07/2015

Timeless Classic

For a story that is so rooted in a certain historical period this deeply human story continues to resonate.