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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"Not bad at all."
"They" say, it's one of those books that should be on everyones bucket list. I have never read it and was intrigued.
Overall, it isn't a bad book. The tension and the building of the story is done very well.
It isn't a long book either and listened to it one afternoon.
Would reccomend - although the narration is a little annoying at times, or maybe that is just my perception...
"good for one's general culture"
Easy listening, very short, the sort of book that makes up part of a learned person's library. Lots of interesting themes to ponder upon.
"Brilliant to support GCSE's"
This is fantastic on an iPad for supporting year 11s in their exam prep.
You can easily select the sections you need to litem to prior to the lessons.
"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!!
"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.
"A good listen"
The story itself is very short and simple, but I was blown away by the narration - excellent!
"brings back memories"
we read this book in school & always wanted to read it again & even tho the audio book was great & easy to listen too well done
This book was amazingly read, characterising each voice perfectly. Every detail down to the pauses in the sentences were how I read the book to be. I also loved that it wasn't too long of a listen. Highly recommend
The writing is very good.
The narration by Clarke Peters is excellent.
The only thing is that I saw the end coming too soon, with all the details and all. Apart from this I highly recommend this book.
"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.
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