Written By: John Steinbeck

Narrated By: Dylan Baker

Date: June 2011

Duration: 21 hours 1 minutes


John Steinbeck's powerful evocation of the suffering and hardship caused by the Great Depression, and a panoramic vision of the struggle for the American Dream, The Grapes of Wrath includes a critical introduction by Robert DeMott in Penguin Modern Classics. '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 in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic The Grapes of Wrath remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of Tom Joad and his family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision. Adapted into a celebrated film directed by John Ford, and starring Henry Fonda, The Grapes of Wrath is an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit. John Steinbeck (1902-68), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature, is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the Second World War Steinbeck served as a war correspondent, with his collected dispatches published as Once There Was a War (1958); in 1945 he was awarded the Norwegian Cross of Freedom for his novel The Moon is Down (1942), a portrayal of Resistance efforts in northern Europe. His best-known works include the epics The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952), and his tragic novella Of Mice and Men (1937). John Steinbeck's complete works are published in Penguin Modern Classics. If you liked The Grapes of Wrath, you might enjoy East of Eden, also available in Penguin Classics. 'A novelist who is also a true poet' Sunday Times


  • Anonymous

    So grateful for the audiobook of the Grapes of Wrath. Really enjoyed the reader. Excellent book. I do have to agree with other reviewers about the harmonica between chapters. Jarring.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • David C.

    A very meaningful classic that is ageless in the lessons the book conveys. The narrator did a fantastic job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anthony Caruso

    Great story and narration, but the loud harmonica music between chapters was really jarring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Richard A.

    The best audiobook narration I’ve ever experienced. Dylan Baker inhabits the different characters beautifully.

  • Tiffany W.

    Classic! I always wanted to read this. Worth it

  • Almerice B.

    Excellent narration!

  • Anna M.

    Great classic (that pertaining to the present) with such wonderful narration!

  • Annabelle S.

    Amazing narration. Amazing book. A Depressing and heart felt book. I loved it!

  • Linda M.

    If you listen to/read "The Grapes of Wrath", you know why it is a classic and why it is still important, even after eighty years. The story and the narration are excellent.

  • Teura B.

    Great book, great narrator!

  • Anonymous

    Great story. Outstanding narration. 4 stars only because I struggled with the profanity.

  • Anonymous

    This was on my high school reading list and I never got around to reading it. I was a good read.

  • Karin S

    A must listen! This narrator was terrific. And John Steinbeck is a truly great story teller. . Sadly, this story could be of the present in so many ways.

  • Louis V

    Great classic! Dylan Baker is the best narrator that I know

  • Phil Grey

    Narrator - outstanding. The story - equally outstanding. Though things HAVE changed for the better over the years, a classic like this provides the reader a perspective and appreciation for what most of us have and enjoy today, at least in comparison to the U.S. citizens in this story who bravely headed west for a better life. The book and the narrator - highly recommended!

  • Thomas Little

    Very interesting compelling story of the struggles of a family collectively and individually facing enormous adversity. I feel Stein beck had a little trouble finding a suitable ending.

  • Janas Durkee

    A brilliant book, brilliantly read. This is a must read/ listen. Topical. Much better than the movie version!

  • James Higbee

    It's a shame, with such a great book and a great narrator that someone would decide to interrupt the chapters with the most god-awful music, delivered at twice the decibels of the narration! Beware, especially if you're trying to read the book for relaxation. In between chapters there are sudden, ear-splitting blasts of harmonica that sound like a cross between a car alarm and a cat being slowly crushed by a steam roller.

  • Mike morgan

    One of the best books ever written - My favorite author. Narrator and production on this is top notch. I have listened to this novel 5 time....

  • jan bennett

    The nation could do with a solid reading of this classic. It's pretty eye opening how little has changed over the years. I guess what they say is true - the more things change, the more they stay the same. I was drawn into the story line from the first part of the first chapter. I had looked it up on YouTube to try and find it since I knew it was a classic. I couldn't find a solid version of it being read so I decided to go ahead and purchase. I was immediately enthralled. Every chance I had, I was pulling up the app on my phone so I could get further through the book. Highly suggested listening for anyone.

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