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.
This is beautifully written, and has fantastic character development.
I felt a range of emotion during this book, and was captivated right until the end.
An unfortunate ending, but the ending made the book complete.
Definite must read!
It's a simple story that was easy to understand, yet provides a lot of thought provoking questions.
Gary Sinese did a wonderful job reading for George.
When Lennie breaks Curly's hand
I used this audiobook for my class with reluctant readers. Listening to it a chapter or two at a time always kept them wanting to come to class to hear more!
Warm, Sad and Real.
The reader could feel the emotions in the way he read it.
Sinise does a good job of retelling the story as written. He is very familiar with the tale (he was in a version of the movie) but he does a somewhat cartoonish version of Lenny (which way did he go George, which way did he go?). His familiarity and his take on the novel help give the listener a clear sense of how he wants us to hear it. Great for someone who has already had some experience with the book who can separate the slant from the it, but also good for the masses who want to be told what to think.
Native Son, Bigger Thomas is another version of Lenny.
Some books that are similar are Steinbeck's The Pearl, The Grapes of Wrath, and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. These have issues of class and identity based around it. Of Mice and Men's use of disability to set Lenny apart from others introduces that element.
yeah, it's only three hours. It works better that way
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Gary Sinise - we all know the story, but his performance of it was flawless and not to be missed!
Lenny's character is always so heartbreaking. He means well, but just can't help himself.
No, but I would seek him out as a performer - he's awesome!
a Steinbeck CLASSIC!