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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: David Aaron Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781101577660
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In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American.

Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of the novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.

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  • “David Aaron Baker’s calm, measured narration sounds friendly and familiar. He accomplishes a superb portrayal of Ethan, giving flawless intonation to a character whose sarcasm and honesty often intermingle. Baker’s vocal characterizations are convincing whether he is portraying the flirtatious Margie Young-Hunt or the belligerent town drunk, Danny Taylor. Baker’s consistency throughout renders a strong overall performance.” 

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  • “Steinbeck sustains the reader’s suspense, poses issues of responsibility—a man to his friend, to his employer, to his son, to himself—and leaves the resolution in final analysis to the reader. It is a fascinating and disturbing book, uncomfortably close to the challenge the average man faces in today’s materialistic world.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew K. | 2/14/2014

    " I struggled with getting into this one because it is such a departure from Steinbeck's other works "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navneet | 2/8/2014

    " Very American book. Honest man consumed by greed, soul destroyed . . . there is usually a woman involved in said corruption. Or two in this case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 2/2/2014

    " Loved this book about a man's struggle between his value system and personal ethics and the greed and desires of his family. He pretty much destroys himself and others by giving in and playing "their" game of getting ahead in business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 1/25/2014

    " This happens to be my favorite Steinbeck novel out of the 3 I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/24/2014

    " Just as relevant today as when it was written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrcaseyths | 1/16/2014

    " It has been so long since I read this book, but I remember it being an interesting character study and beautifully depressing. It was Steinbeck's last full book he wrote and as such he had become fairly embittered at that point in his life and it shows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Kennedy | 1/15/2014

    " In my top four Steinbeck novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myles | 1/8/2014

    " Not a masterpiece, but certainly a good read. It's a fairly standard heist story, but with the twist of Steinbeck's incredible patience and love of human scenery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Lamb | 1/7/2014

    " A classic look at changing societal mores in mid-century small-town America, although I was hard-pressed to fathom the motivation of the main character at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 1/4/2014

    " I love Steinbeck so I don't understand why this one was such a flop. I would like to give it more then 1 star but considering how bored I was and didn't finish that is all I can give. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathiem | 12/30/2013

    " Definitely not my favorite Steinbeck novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Mark | 12/16/2013

    " For readers, a really interesting story well told. For writers, a fascinating study of what one can do with a novel regarding structure and point of view. Highly recommended for both. Enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fergus Kane | 12/14/2013

    " A while since I read it now, but one thing that stood out is that its critique of capitalism is as relevant now as it was then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SweetPea | 12/12/2013

    " Interesting exploration on how a man came to a point of view on what is necessary for him to change his fortune. I liked that aspect of the story...the dialogue between the husband and wife, not so much. I'm not sure if Steinbeck intended that to make a point, but if so, I never figured it out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justine Philyaw | 12/8/2013

    " I am generally a huge Steinbeck fan, but I was pretty disappointed when I read The Winter of Our Discontent. Perhaps my expectations were too high. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brook | 11/8/2013

    " I couldn't even get through the first couple of pages. He writes in such a flowery way that it takes his character four pages to get out of the house because he is too busy admiring everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 6/26/2013

    " Not my favorite Steinbeck. Stays with the struggle of the middle class themes, and it's an interesting take, the flow is a little tough sometimes, though. Found myself drifting in and out at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cia | 12/22/2012

    " I thought it would be more disturbing than this...seem to remember a movie with this title. I will have to look it up and watch it again. I have vague memories of Donald Sutherland playing the main character and it was dreary. hmmmm "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/1/2012

    " Mmmm, loved this meditative look at the life of one caught in the past, trying to deal with the now. Pretty into the dissimilarities of other Steinbeck books I've been reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 9/22/2012

    " This book is so intricate in its development, but so sad. It teaches valuable lessons about personal morality, its value, and what happens when you abandon it, if only temporarily. It leaves you sad and exhausted, but with a glimmer of hope, at least. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neels | 6/26/2012

    " Well written novel... but booooring... I had a hard time finishing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee Dees | 3/26/2012

    " What can I say? I love everything Steinbeck did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.J. Hill | 2/8/2012

    " Very surprising change of location and characters for Steinbeck "

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