way up there
Lenny--you got to love him and his rabbits
loved his voice and accents and everything
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.
First Gary Sinese's narration sets the gold standard by which others should be measured. He embodied and imbued each character with inflection and cadence that was so believable and life like.
An amazing story of an unorthodox, yet viscerally real friendship in the depression era west. A vigilante era where men kept to themselves and still had the wild west ethos that have since subsided. friendship doesn't have to be reciprocal in conversation but rather that it is about the goodness of people.
Talent goes a long way until you loose connection with the audience. I lost connection towards the end of this short book. For a book we had to read in school, it was fantastic. For young audiences, DON'T READ. Loved the audible music and reader.
John Steinbeck's stories are heavy and don't necessary have happy endings. But they bring out a sense of reflection and provide us with inspiration. The narrator is fantastic. Couldn't have asked for a better one for this classic!