The Winter of Our Discontent

Written by:
John Steinbeck
Narrated by:
David Aaron Baker

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2008
10 hours 30 minutes
The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers—a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis

A Penguin Classic

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 Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, 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. Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by leading Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.

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David C.

Wonderful novel that is a character study of many and extraordinarily well written. Really enjoyed this book which was superbly read by the narrator. Highly recommend this book which I consider to be the author’s best work, yes better than Grapes of Wrath. Enjoy!

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Dale S.

I enjoyed the book. Very thought-provoking. I didn’t enjoy the downfall of a man, though. I’m a cynic too, but I prefer to be an optimist. Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden were better.

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Time to read all the books I wish I would have read earlier in life! A wonderful time one-on-one with the author!

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Vasilije S.

What an amazing, timeless classic. American life story of 20th century with consequential infusion of Shakespearean character. Bravo

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Dayne S.

should have paid more attention in school. great ending with a message throughout that still resonates today.

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