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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.
Very glad that I chose to listen to this book. Narrator is awesome and turns the characters into real life people. The story itself is all about people, the good, the bad, the ugly and those who are beautiful in their hearts by the love they show to their "brothers". I can't say that I agree with the choice made by George in the end, but I can understand that it was love that moved him to make that choice. I would highly recommend this book, it will make you realize that the people in our lives are more important than the things in our lives.
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!
Gary Sinese did a beautiful reading of this classic story. I had a lump in my throat the entire time.
Anyone who can put up with a slow narrator with a monotone voice with southern accent.
Horrible...gave me a headache and had to turn it off after 5 Minutes
Yes, yes, and again, yes!! Gary Sinise's performance of this book is magic. I listened to the book on the way home from Oklahoma with my two teenagers in the car. They were also entranced by the story and the performance of Mr. Sinise. They laughed in several places. I think the story really touched them and me. This is my second time through it.
I like the characters best in the story. I like old Candy. I like how George seems to bring hope where he goes, but not in the traditional method. He's not sunshine and light, so how does he inspire the characters of this story to hope? About the performance? You don't have enough space. Gary Sinise's performance was golden. The only problem I had with the whole thing is that when he voiced Slim, it was too low to hear in the car. I missed a lot of that dialog, but this isn't my first visit to this book. Loved his voices, and I still think someone else voiced Lenny. Every once and awhile, you'd hear that familiar "crack" that Gary Sinise has in his voice, but he pulled out some interesting and varied voices to carry the story!
Whatever happens, however I hear or read this story again, I will always hear it in Gary Sinise's voice. Just as he was made to play the part of George on television with John Malkovich as Lennie, he was made to read this book. His tone, his cadence, his accent, were just how I hear the book. I've read the book before, but his performance will forever mark the book as his. Next time I read this in book form, I'll hear Mr. Sinise in my head.
Well, besides the ending, there is the part about the dog. That just kills me every time. This time, I'm driving down a highway in rural TX with tears rolling down my face, lips quivering trying not to sob out loud in front of my children...I'm glad I had cruise control and didn't get stopped. You might as well have killed Old Yeller again, too. Ugh. Then, too, it's impossible not to mention how George describes their dream. Living "off the fat of the land"! It is just a bit different every time and it is a beautiful dream. I really wanted that for them.
Can't say enough about the narration. Gary Sinise did a stellar job. I do not appreciate the colorful language used the book. I was sorry to expose my teenagers to it, but there is so much important material to be covered, that I just have to tell my kids that this is how some people talk, to filter it out and don't let it contaminate their speech. So that's a warning to some who are looking for wholesome classics. My twins start their senior year in the fall, and can filter, but this isn't for younger children unless you don't mind trashy language.
It's so rare that I enjoy a film actor's reading of an audible book as opposed to a voice-actor's. Voice-actors seem more attuned to the limits of their craft and therefore bring something to it that screen actors miss.This opinion was shattered by Gary Sinise's masterful reading of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. It's clearly a beloved work to him, (having directed and starred in a film version.) Perhaps he's so saturated by the piece or he may simply have a storyteller's gift. Whichever, he truly brought the story to life for me.
...the good kind of cry, where it's like, "oh, I can feel this deeply, I forgot". If the world were a better place this would be some kind of blockbuster. And I don't mean the movies, I mean this particular audiobook. Gary Sinise would be on the CBS This Morning News, or whatever it's called, talking with Charlie Rose.
Yes, and I have. Steinbeck captures the simple and powerful truths of relationships with such beauty and eloquence. I find it almost inexpressible how deeply this book moved me.
I did. I could not stop.
Sinise started a little slow (not sure how many readings he's done). Judged simply on the merits of the narration, there are certainly superior audiobook narrators. But once the character development and dialogue began, Sinise really began to shine. HIs character voices for this work were phenomenal -- some of the best I've heard on Audible. By the end of the novel, I was sold on Sinise even more than before (which is saying something).
So, so sad. Think "Where the Red Fern Grows" or "Old Yeller" or some of those novels you read in elementary school. It is heart-breaking on many levels... but you still have to read.