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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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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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Great but depressing!!

excellent story and narration, I had no idea about the depression. the moral I took is that however bad it gets, someone has it worse! it is very depressing though!!

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What the heck accent is this guy trying to do?

This sounds like a British guy doing an impression of the British who played Rick in walking dead. It's John effing Steinbeck, why not just hire an American voice actor?

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Near-perfect narration

Richard Armitage captures the nuances and character tensions as well as any I've heard. He also lends a timeless quality to some of the worthier passages where Steinbeck's prose can get a bit preachy.

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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