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Of Mice and Men | [John Steinbeck]

Of Mice and Men

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1937 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Penguin

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    Donna camarillo, CA, USA 09-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "what a great story of lonliness--so sad!!"
    Where does Of Mice and Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    way up there


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lenny--you got to love him and his rabbits


    What about Gary Sinise’s performance did you like?

    loved his voice and accents and everything


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

    yes


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    NYC Amazon buyer New York, NY 08-02-12
    NYC Amazon buyer New York, NY 08-02-12
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    "Outstanding reading"

    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.

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    Rebecca Roztocil Caledonia, New York United States 06-06-13
    Rebecca Roztocil Caledonia, New York United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    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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    What does Gary Sinise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've loved Gary Sinise as an actor for years and he really brought this book to life for me!


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    A Strong powerful and moving story everyone should hear or read my favorite book.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Gary Sinies truly brings the characters to life, this is a must read, John Steinbeck earns his reputation as a great American writer.

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    I loved the voices this guy made while he read it. There was so much dynamic and he got the characters voices spot on.

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    Peter 04-23-15 Member Since 2015

    An Editor living in NYC. I grew up listening to Radio Plays and have found a love for audiobooks and podcasts.

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    "Such great narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to Of Mice and Men the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Of Mice and Men to and why?

    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.


    What about Gary Sinise’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recommend books often, but this one is well worth your money.

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