Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in l, this famous protest novel is a natural for audio. The story is told almost entirely in the country vernacular of the destitute workers of the 's--some , strong--who had been driven from their farms and were pouring into California to face hunger, squalor and humiliation. An inept narrator, reading their dialogue, could easily have made them sound like the Beverly Hillbillies. Instead, Dylan Baker's sensitive interpretation has given them the dignity--even the nobility--that Steinbeck intended. He has also avoided another serious pitfall: overdramatizing some of Steinbeck's speeches in the last half of the book, avoiding what the Joads called "a preacher voice. Altogether, this is an outstanding performance; John Steinbeck would have relished it.
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But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together. AudioFile Magazine review: "With a photographer's eye for honest detail and a musician's ear for the era's language and dialogue, John Steinbeck's Dustbowl epic of displacement, heartache, and hope became both a touchstone and lightning rod in American literature as soon as it was published in The novel continues to resonate and L. Theatre Works's full-cast performance of Frank Galati's Tony Award-winning stage adaptation hits all the high points. In this story of family and survival, Jeffrey Donovan provides a solid voice and foundation for the Prodigal Son figure, Tom Joad. Francis Guinan finds the wisdom and humor in the broken preacher, Jim Casey. And veteran Broadway star Shirley Knight shines as the matriarch, Ma Joad, bringing heart, soul, and tears to every line. A fine introduction to Steinbeck's world. Please note: This is an adaptation of the novel into a play for the stage. It is a full cast dramatization of this play.
The Grapes of Wrath
The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized-and sometimes outraged-millions of readers At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck's, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. From their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of this new America, Steinbeck creates a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity. Your current browser isn't compatible with SoundCloud. Please download one of our supported browsers.
More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. 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. Fiction Thriller. Availability can change throughout the month based on the library's budget.