Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and beloved novels.
While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.
Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as “a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.
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way up there
Lenny--you got to love him and his rabbits
loved his voice and accents and everything
Sinise reads with extraordinary skill, richly conveying Steinbeck's empathy, indignation and grasp of his characters' struggle. I used this in a classroom, and it made the text come to life for the students.
The narration was perfect. The voices added so much to the interpretation of the character's personality. Lenny broke my heart. As a parent of child with Downs, I understand how difficult it is for a person with a learning disorder to comprehend the society we have created. George was so devoted to Lenny, I just wanted to hug him. In fact, all the characters had their positive qualities (except for maybe Curly). A short listen - about 3 hours- but it is a deep, deep story that will leave you with thoughts that your brain will keep picking at for days.
Dog lover & book addict.
I've loved Gary Sinise as an actor for years and he really brought this book to life for me!
He is George for me. He is perfect for OMAM. And of course the book is amazing. If you want something relatively short and very good, try this.
The story beautiful, sweet and sad.
The performance- the best. It is the first time listening to a story on Audible that every character's voice sounded like a different person.
An Editor living in NYC. I grew up listening to Radio Plays and have found a love for audiobooks and podcasts.
The narration definitely made this a homerun for me, however the material is so good as well. It's hard to find such a winning combo of content and narrator that this just really worked for me.
Flowers for Algernon. The emotion this book brings out in you and the sympathy you feel for the characters is most notable in the tone of Algernon.
I'd seen the movie ages ago and Sinise really managed to bring the character of George to life in both adaptations, but his calm voice created an atmosphere that everything would be ok, despite knowing how things would play out. Really great voice for narration and would love to hear him do more VO work.
IMDB has the movie's Tagline as "We have a dream. Someday, we'll have a little house and a couple of acres. A place to call home." I think that works pretty well.
I don't recommend books often, but this one is well worth your money.
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