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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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.
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Yes, and much of the credit for that goes to reader Gary Sinise, who gave unique life to each character in the book.
The conclusion is the most memorable part of the book for me. I work with adults with intellectual disabilities, and there is no doubt that Lenny had such a disability. In today's world there are services available to people like Lenny. He could have a home and a team of people dedicated to keeping him safe and teaching him how to live in the community. There were no such services in the world George and Lenny lived in, leading to a dramatic and heart-breaking conclusion.
This book has been on my TBR list for years. I was excited to find it on Audible. I bought it immediately when I saw that Gary Sinise was the narrator.
Gary's narration and Steinbeck's words blew me away. I was pulled into the world of these characters. It was dark. It was vivid. Honestly, I'm grateful to have left it...and I look forward to reading more from this classic author.
Gary Sinise needs to narrate more books. I love his voice.
The book is obviously a brilliant classic. You don't need me to tell you that. What I can tell you is that the narrator does a fantastic job. Each moment of the book is alive. He captures each voice perfectly. I recommend without reservation (only complaint is annoying harmonica that hampers first minute of the reading - whose stupid idea was that?).
I read this book when I was a child well before a teenager and it had an impact on me then. Listing to the book it's had an impact on me again. It's a short listen and Gary Sinise is perfect as the voice of these two characters. If you've read the book you should listen to the book. You won't regret it.
Read as a youth but wow what 30 years can do to perspective? I remembered the outline of the story from long ago, there was a great deal I didn't remember though, glad I listened. I was surprised to hear Gary Sinise reading, fun surprise, I enjoyed it very much.
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