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Publisher's Summary

Set against the backdrop of America's Great Depression and Dust Bowl, a family of farmers from Oklahoma head west in search of work, only to discover thousands like them are also on the move. Following a violent altercation with some locals, they head back on the road with their dream of a promised land in tatters. And life is set to get much worse for the Joads....

John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit is dramatized by Donna Franceschild and directed by Kirsty Williams.

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Strength of character

In tears and no words. The promised land left them wandering. I hope they settle and that amazing wife and mother can rest and Tommy come home. That goodbye was heartbreaking.

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The dramatised version was easy to listen to. easy listening, quite entertaining. Is quite a short book to get through.

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A True Gem

Absolutely incredible book. Truly captures the struggles of mankind and the opressions of the era.

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  • Mama Bear
  • 27-11-2018

You miss too much with the dramatization!

I listened to East of Eden and wanted to hear another of Steinbeck's iconic novels. I chose the dramatization version because it was sometimes hard in the straight narrative to discern which character was speaking. This version was just as hard and I lost 70% of the descriptive content. So disappointed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-2016

Soap Opera

Would you try another book from John Steinbeck and/or the narrators?

I liked the dramatized version but would not read another book by John Steinbeck. It was really boring to read so that's why I got an audio book.

What could John Steinbeck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The topic just wasn't for me. The accents distracted from the story line, though they were realistic.

Which scene was your favorite?

The dancing scenes.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Perhaps, just because it gives a good feel for the time. Probably not in theaters but at home.

Any additional comments?

The unfortunate thing about the dramatized version is that it cuts out a lot of the book but it makes it more enjoyable to have the drama.

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  • Sid
  • 15-12-2020

Not the full.book?

This was good and the dramatization was enjoyable BUT it is only 3 chapters...so certainly doesn't have any value.

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  • S.
  • 20-05-2020

Abrupt ending, but well done! Beautifully sad.

Nicely performed. Fairley and Sheehan did an amazing job, especially. Gut-wrenching emotion felt from both.

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  • Peter
  • 22-02-2021

I'm gonna rock my audible

Headphones, grapes of wraaaath! A visceral experience that puts you right inside a continuously heartbreaking story full of hardship, but also reminds you of how precious and fragile familial relationships can be

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