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Of Mice and Men | [John Steinbeck]

Of Mice and Men

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....
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Publisher's Summary

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....

©1937 John Steinbeck (P)2010 Hachette Digital

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  • A. Collins
    Southampton, UK
    7/12/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worth it"
    If you could sum up Of Mice and Men in three words, what would they be?

    Short, tough, endearing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The characters


    What does Clarke Peters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great set of voices; strong style that allows you to get into the "deep southness" of the characters. Very much made it for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and moreso the performance. I think it's a must-read for anyone given its shortness and warming characters. Has a strong ending too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    St Neots, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "A gentle read"

    I probably would never have read this if my son hadn't been studying it at school, but he was quite inspired by it so I downloaded the audiobook. I loved the narrator's interpretation, and the voices he gave the characters really brought it to life. It wasn't what I expected - I really enjoyed it, and felt real empathy for the brothers, and even a little for poor Curly's wife. A sad, but not unexpected, ending to a beautifully written tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pippa
    Gosport, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "A school read"

    I downloaded this for my daughter who is studying it for GCSE and decided to listen to it myself. To start with I found the accent annoying but soon got use to it. I found it a moving story, and a reminder of how dfferences of race and disability were not accepted at that time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • F. J. Gilbert
    London
    12/23/12
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    "An interesting reading -- and good for teachers"

    I played this audio reading of Of Mice and Men to my GCSE class and was extremely grateful because it saved me losing my voice. The novel does need to be read well to come alive -- reading the whole thing around the class just doesn't quite work. The reader takes it at a very slow pace, capturing the voices of Lennie, George, and Slim with real subtlety. Some of my class complained about the overly American accent -- but that's the whole point!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    Penge, London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "You can't go wrong"

    My son was reading it for GCSE and so I decided to give it a listen as the sample (which you should always always listen to by the way as a bad narration will spoil even the best book) sounded good. I had forgotten what a great book Of Mice and Men is, as I had read it originally so long ago. John Steinbeck writes so beautifully and this audio version is a good one. My son laughed at how the narrator read Lenny's parts, but I didn't. The story will move you and you will want to listen to it all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    Daventry, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' coming to life."

    I bought Of Mice and Men as it is a set text for GCSE English. Although I have read the text numerous times and have come to know each bit intimately, the audio version is a great aid to futhering my studies and how I deliver the topic to younger students in the classroom. Not only does the narrator speak in the correct dialect and colloquisms but there is a different tonal quality which highlights parts that previously I had skipped over. As a revision tool it is a bonus and one that I would heartily recommend to other students working on the text. It is easy to listen at any time of the day or night when perhaps you're too tired to read. Additionally I have found it easier to remember important dialogue quotes from the main characters within the book, mainly due to the tonal qualities that the narrator has conjured up for the listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carly
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    12/8/12
    Overall
    "A good listen"

    The story itself is very short and simple, but I was blown away by the narration - excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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