John Steinbeck is revered for his classic, uniquely American works of fiction. The Winter of Our Discontent features Ethan Allen Hawley, formerly of the New England aristocracy but now a humble grocery clerk. Inspiring little but resentment in his wife and daughters, Ethan nevertheless does his utmost to live an honest life. Every man, however, has his breaking point, and Ethan risks his integrity and much more as he embarks on what he hopes will be a path back to wealth and privilege.
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by John Steinbeck
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"As its title suggests, the last completed novel of Steinbeck echoes themes from Shakespeare's RICHARD III. The novel takes place in small New Baytown, a community that prides itself on its heritage. For Ethan Allen Hawley, however, the future holds the key to success. The listener follows Ethan down a path of corruption as he strives for his conception of the American dream. 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. D.M.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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