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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Clara | 1/25/2014

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

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