Sinise reads with extraordinary skill, richly conveying Steinbeck's empathy, indignation and grasp of his characters' struggle. I used this in a classroom, and it made the text come to life for the students.
The narration was perfect. The voices added so much to the interpretation of the character's personality. Lenny broke my heart. As a parent of child with Downs, I understand how difficult it is for a person with a learning disorder to comprehend the society we have created. George was so devoted to Lenny, I just wanted to hug him. In fact, all the characters had their positive qualities (except for maybe Curly). A short listen - about 3 hours- but it is a deep, deep story that will leave you with thoughts that your brain will keep picking at for days.
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Yes, and much of the credit for that goes to reader Gary Sinise, who gave unique life to each character in the book.
The conclusion is the most memorable part of the book for me. I work with adults with intellectual disabilities, and there is no doubt that Lenny had such a disability. In today's world there are services available to people like Lenny. He could have a home and a team of people dedicated to keeping him safe and teaching him how to live in the community. There were no such services in the world George and Lenny lived in, leading to a dramatic and heart-breaking conclusion.
While reading the book, it came to me--I remembered watching someone who loved rabbits just as much as Lennie Small. It was the Abominable Snowman from "Daffy Duck's Quackbusters". "I will name him George and I will love him and pet him and squeeze him..."
Wonderful story and performance that pulls at the heart. Simple and powerful; the narrator does it justice, and brings the characters to life/helps you visualize.
This book has been on my TBR list for years. I was excited to find it on Audible. I bought it immediately when I saw that Gary Sinise was the narrator.
Gary's narration and Steinbeck's words blew me away. I was pulled into the world of these characters. It was dark. It was vivid. Honestly, I'm grateful to have left it...and I look forward to reading more from this classic author.
Gary Sinise needs to narrate more books. I love his voice.