For decades, millions of readers have been swept away with John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath as he tells the story of the Joad family and their struggles. Now you can sit back and listen to the fantastic journey of the Joad family with the audiobook narrated by Dylan Baker.
Set in the time of the Great Depression, Steinbeck gives us a unique look into the lives of the families who lost their livelihoods to the droughts that created the Dust Bowl in the southern Great Plains. His characters represent archetypes of epic heroes as his novel pointed out and criticized the policies that drove the country into the Great Depression and gives an accurate account and representation of the people affected.
The journey begins when Tom Joad is released from prison after serving his sentence for a manslaughter charge and is headed back home to reunite with his family. On his way, Tom meets Jim Casy, a former preacher who joins him on the trip back to his family’s farm only to discover the farm deserted and the family packing up to leave. The family believes that California will be their salvation with promises of jobs and so they set out on the road, joining the other families making the same journey after being “tractored” off their farms.
On the road, they lose Grampa Joad who never wanted to leave the farm and meet Ivy and Sairy Wilson. The Joads invite the Wilsons to travel with them until Sairy becomes too sick to go on any further. Despite rumors of California jobs being depleted, the family presses on and reach their destination only to find that their promised land is more hostile than expected. Local Californians are fearful of the families moving in and work for that the migrants can be lucky enough to find does not pay enough to buy a decent meal.
Tensions rise as talks about organizing workers into unions stirs and encounters with local law enforcement become violent leading to Jim Casy being arrested. Migrants unable to find work are starving in the camps and families are forced to move from camp to camp in constant search of work. After Casy is released from jail he begins to organize workers and along the way makes some enemies, eventually leading to his death at the hands of the police who hunt him down which Tom witnesses. In his retaliation, Tom kills two police officers and if forced to go into hiding while the rest of the family continues to struggle to get by. With the nearing of the end of the cotton season and the impending end to any available work, the future looks bleak.
The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook is a must listen for all readers. This Pulitzer Prize-winning epic that became Steinbeck’s masterpiece gives us a special insight into a time of tragedy and turmoil known the Great Depression that has left millions of readers in outrage and awe. I would recommend immediately listening to The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook today.