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.
Historian in training and writer
Yes I would because the way Gary Sinise narrated this timeless classic it priceless. The flavor of all the charactors was given by this great contemporary artist.
I believe Ethan Frome would compare because of the struggles of life, even though the era was different and on opposite sides of our country, that too is also a great literary treasure.
Yes. He pours himself again into this role, like other he has done in the past. He is a truely gifted actor.
I haven't read this novel in over 35 years and I played Lenny in a play while I was in high school, but this reading was different because I combined the novel with Gary Sinise's narration. It made me laugh at times and angry.
I would recommend a reader to pick up a great classic like this one, for the first time again. It was special.
No one could have narrated this wonderful classic any better than Gary Sinise. When you think this story is dragging, it comes to a roaring conclusion ...and all you want to do is cry. The characters are wonderfully developed in a short amount of time.
The first part of the audio book is accompanied by a harmonica. It is loud and over powering. The story is the same as always but the narrator did a decent job.
Of course, an American classic, but the news here is Sinise's read. Terrific and highly recommended.
Interested in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Biographies and great oratory.
I've read the paperback at least a dozen times. The story permeates me on so many levels that each read leaves me emotional despite knowing what will happen.
Gary Sinise does a masterful job with pacing and accent, such that I am further propelled into the land of 1920s migratory workers and their curious interactions.
From start to finish this story is a wonderful trip back to a time long past. The interaction of George and Lennie is iconic, touching and tragic. The era and the industry depicted may be gone, but the concepts of loyalty, friendship and the American Dream are transcendent and are what the book ultimately rests on.
Gary Sinese's reading can't be matched. The story is solid from start to finish so when you couple an extraordinary reader with classic material you will never be disappointed.
When Lenny and Curley's wife are conversing in the barn while the horseshoe game is taking place outside you know something is going to happen. Steinbeck places all the components in place to build suspense in this scene and you don't know what is going to happen until it does. My jaw dropped. My mind rummaged through so many thoughts the least of which was where is this going to go now.
He is just an incredible reader. His ability to shift from one character to another left this listener having to take a second look at how many readers were credited. He carried it all himself and did an amazing job.
Without question. I think I actually did it in 2 or 3 this audio presentation was so engrossing.