The Winter of our Discontent

  • by John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by Jeff Harding
  • 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ethan Hawley has lost the spirit of his wealthy forebears, a long line of proud New England sea captains and Pilgrims. Scarred by failure, Ethan works as a grocery clerk in a store his family once owned. But his wife is restless and his teenage children hungry for the material comforts he cannot provide. Then a series of unusual events reignites Ethan's ambition, and he is pitched on to a bold course, where all scruples are put aside.


What the Critics Say

"John Steinbeck's last great novel focuses on the theme of success and what motivates men towards it"
"Returns to the high standards of The Grapes of Wrath and to the social themes that made his early work... so powerful" (Saul Bellow)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Thank goodness for Jeff Harding the narrator

I would never have read this book if it hadn't been for my "stalking" of Jeff Harding on Audible
Not my normal genre at all and what a fantastic surprise- made accessible by the narrator

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- Kirsty

half and half

I initially found the narrator's voice irritating but I became use to it quickly and it didnt hinder the story. he was able to use different tones for different characters that were distinct enough. the storyline isn't exciting. I enjoyed the story but would struggle to describe actual events to someone. I wouldn't listen again but I would recommend it.
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- Jodie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio