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The Grapes of Wrath

By: Robert DeMott - introduction, John Steinbeck
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
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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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Fantastic!

Whilst the content of this book is difficult to listen to, this audiobook is a great read. Beautifully read by the narrator. I feel like I was completely taken into the world and it seemed to go by really quickly. Will definitely read again.

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A Forewarning

This book, written in the shadow of the Great Depression, is perhaps the greatest indictment of the evils of unfettered capitalism and the dogged resilience of community against its dehumanising influence. It can be seen as a forewarning of what we face today in the civilisation-threatening levels of inequity in wealth and power. This audio version is brilliantly and evocatively narrated by the English actor Richard Armitage

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Amazing narration

Amazing production of an incredible book. Richard Armitage is perfect as narrator. His voice work to distinguish between different characters is very impressive and effective without being overdone.

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stunning

I read it 40 years ago and needed to remind myself if it was still the best book I'd ever read... yes.. yes.. Richards narrating moved me so much... this story of man's inhumanity to man is unrelenting and hopeless but the resolution to live and hope will move you to your core...

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A masterful performance of a masterful story

Armitage narrates this amazing book so beautifully, bringing all the characters to life with great aplomb.

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Superb rendition

The narration is superb — the timbre and cadence. Immerse yourself in this classic with no distractions, as if you were reading the written word.

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Wonderful

Richard was a wonderful narrator. Given he’s English, his Accents were great. But what was so good was how he could develop such varied and unique and believable characters, both men and women. The story was great, shocking that it actually happened, but it was eye opening. But made all the best with the narration. Well done Richard

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There’s a reason why this book is a classic

Confronting and breathtaking. I read this book in school & recall enjoying it but this audio experience 45 years later was something else. Do yourself a favour and become immersed in this epic classic.

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A must read.

One of the great American novels and one of the greatest books of the 20th century.

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Stunning

An incredible novel and next level narration collide. The parallels between modern-day issues and those of the Depression era are eerie. I read this 40 odd years ago in my mid teens. and thought it was great..... but I was too young and had too little life experience to appreciate it fully. It's outstanding and absolutely worth the time.

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