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
I remembered part of this book from high school, but forgot the ending. Enjoyed listening to the story and glad it was a short one.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
the reader was very good. the story was good. and altho i generally like longer books, this book was an appropriate length for the story. the plot was pure steinbeck!
lenny. he was so innocent and steinbeck portrayed him well.
THE ABSOULUTE BEST. HE DID INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERS WELL.
yes i would have but started it very late so i finished this morining. i will read this again an again.
steinbeck seems to be a winner every time. i have several of his books. none have disappointed me yet.
It was nice to finally experience this classic story and hearing it via audible was great. The Overall depiction of the characters was fantastic and I'd be very inclined to listen to another selection by Gary Sinise.
It is a tale that focuses on the human condition and opens up discussions about how we treat individuals with disabilities.
This was such an entertaining and well-read audiobook that I didn't want to pause it. Sinise adds such life to the story and really shows how Of Mice and Men was originally written to be a play. My students enjoyed this audiobook more than his movie!
Business Physicist and Astronomer
I cannot add anything to the discussion except to plead with you, if you are reading this review, to buy and cherish this title. The story is powerful and perfectly written. The narration is excellent.
Please, if you have never read this or if you 'had' to read it in school, get this book and enjoy it.
This is so good it ought to be considered art in the public domain and available for free. It's that good.
George, he is a great mix of loving sympathy, but also has a tough, brooding side as well.
Gary Sinise gives an incredible reading. He brings the characters to life in this wonderful novel by John Steinbeck.My struggling readers listened to this and were engaged and delighted by the story and the reading.
East of Eden or the Grapes of Wrath. They are both epic stories by John Steinbeck, definitely worth the read.
When George is talking to Slim about Lennie and how they got to know each other and how they became friends. The ending is quite moving as well.
There are some sad moments - but it also offers some comic relief.
Of course, it is a classic. I listened with my 11 and 12 year old in the car to and from work and they loved it. The narrator was great.
Just a normal guy.
Steinbeck has a way off pulling you back in time with his story. A very valuable life journey and a great listen. Well worth your time.
Powerful, Real, Tragic
When George had to put Lennie down
Voice inflections were awesome
Two drifters who only had each other and a dream
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