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'I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.'

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, The Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck's Pultizer Prize-winning epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.

Public Domain (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Timeless tale of the struggles of poverty

powerful classic thoughtfully narrated conveying man's inhumanity and greed along with the simple compassion of those that it affects.

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Everybody should read this book

If you can read this book and still not understand that rampant, unfettered capitalism and greed are destroying humanity you have no heart. And absolutely breathtaking read

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Superb

Such wonderful prose and a heartbreaking story.
The narration was superb and the best I have heard from Mr Armitage.

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Opened my eyes to a shameful chapter of American history

The is a fantastically written and performed piece of work by the inimitable John Steinbeck. I downloaded it without any previous knowledge of the subject and loved every minute. Hi he narration is excellent - beautifully paced with an accent and character voices that absolutely suits the narrative- and I felt completely swept up into the lives of the characters. The wry fast paced chapters interspersed within the story of the Jodes, cynically analysing the workings of businesses, corporations and banks are genius. It opened my eyes to a period of American history I barely knew about. I loved it.

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A masterpiece, read by the master of narration

This book is rightly known as a masterpiece, and really should be read by everyone, although it's really tough going because of the subject matter.

But now we have Richard Armitage's wonderful, seamless interpretation of the many characters. The way he brings each individual to life is astonishing, and you feel as if you are listening to a full cast recording. I just shut my eyes and pictured each person and the ongoing action with ease.

This has to be the perfect way to immerse oneself in the book; I would recommend this recording to all those who have it as a set book for English Literature courses, as an easy and enjoyable way to study it.

I didn't expect to be so thoroughly enthralled by such a dark novel, relentlessly full of hardship and misery of a kind many of us, thankfully, will never know; but listening to this particular recording has made it possible to survive it, and even, somehow, look forward to hearing it again.

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Deeply moving

A fantastic novel, beautifully written and heartwrenching. It confronts the very worst of how we can act as a society, but keeps it extremely personal. Everyone should read this book.

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A beautiful tragedy.

A lens portraying the hardship and difficulties experienced during the Great Depression by focusing on the experiences of one family. We follow the Joad family, who have been forced from their farm in the dustbowl and are travelling towards the promised land of California in search of work, money and a new life. The family endure such hardships, but face each obstacle together and with dignity. This is a beautifully written and narrated tragedy. The language describing the sheer beauty of the land is juxtaposed with the most abhorrent scenes of destroying food in front of starving and malnourished families. Deep ire and resentment builds amongst the poor and hungry, hence the metaphor of the growing "grapes of wrath". A poignant, heartbeaking and beautiful listen.

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Outstanding

Evocative account of the Joad family’s destitution and subsequent migration west during the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression. Moving, often disturbing revelations of their journey west, the desperate search for a new life of plenty in California, frequently met with intolerance and exploitation, are what make this classic compulsive reading.
An outstanding portrayal of human displacement, fully brought to life by Richard Armitage’s brilliant narration.

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A splendid rendition of a great story

This story was never going to end well but I have been astonished by the beautiful lyricism of the writing. I can’t help feeling that the written word was substantially enhanced by the sensitive and thoughtful reading of the text by Richard Armitage. A really sad but enjoyable and thought- provoking piece.

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The grapes of wrath

Fantastic rendition of Steinbeck’s masterpiece.
Thorin Oakenshield’s narration is actually rather bloody good !
A masterclass on the evils of unrestrained Capitalism, rivalling Jack London’s real time exploits in London at the turn of the last century (The people of the abyss) & Tressell’s fictional masterpiece, The ragged trousered philanthropists also set in the early 1900’s.
The poor Joad’s are beset with troubles, completely exacerbated by a corrupt economic system & unscrupulous bankers & cops.
“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need, go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help. The only ones”
A classic must (listen) read……

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Awesome

Really incredible story. The reader takes you visually to be a part of the story. And the writing just amazing.