The Grapes of Wrath

  • by John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by John Chancer
  • 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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A book with a great voice

So I'd recently started reading 'The Grapes Of Wrath', but found that by the time I finally sat down to read it was always late at night, and I was too tired to concentrate on reading a physical book. I thought maybe being read to would be the answer, unfortunately none of my flatmates were willing so I thought I'd try audible.

The voice of John Chancer is perfect for this book. For those of you new to audiobooks and unsure what to expect(as I was), John Chancer reads the book very clearly and with expression, and when it comes to dialogue he alters his voice for the different characters, so for long conversations you can always be sure who is talking. Yet another advantage I found is that for the dialogue Steinbeck writes matches the dialect and accents of the characters, for example he writes ' 'Look, I been scourin' aroun' for three weeks all over hell, an' I ain't'...', and the narrator reads this out exactly to mimic the dialect and accents.

As for the book itself, I was surprised at how relevant it still was, and the messages Steinbeck gets across are truly profound. The characters are well developed, and unbelievably human.

I'm convinced any reader will grow to love the Joad family, and listening to their adventure will become a great part of your day!


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- James

A audiobook masterpiece

The quality of the book and narration make this one of the best audio books I have heard in some time, it is a shining example of how good narration enhances even the finest work,I would certainly recommend this classic of American literature.
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- Crocker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK