I am writing this review after listening to about 5 minutes of the book. The reader is terrible. The voice she has given Peabody is awful and she calls her "Peabuddy". There is no flow to the words; she reads it in short declaritive bursts. As a veteran reader of JD Robb and Nora Roberts, this style doesn't fit. I know I'll love the story if I can stand to listen to it. Find a new reader for this series. Please.
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.
Yes, this series of books is for children and that is exactly what I need! I home school my children and this series is used in my curriculum package so I have the books. My youngest son is dyslexic, though. That means that I read most of his books to him to save time since his reading speed is so slow. Audible has been a lifesaver for me. Having this series of books on Audible will save me huge amounts of time this year. I wasn't expecting to find these; I checked just for form and here they are. In terms of content, Hakim's books are an excellent source for young listeners. She writes in an engaging style that captivated even my oldest who is decidedly uninterested in all things history.
Thank you, Audible, for making these available.
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