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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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    Rebecca Ashland, KS, United States 12-27-11
    Rebecca Ashland, KS, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    Narration for this story is A+ all the way, the characters came to life and it made the listening that much more enjoyable.

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    frank Minneapolis, MN, United States 12-06-11
    frank Minneapolis, MN, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "John Steinbeck remains an American treasure"
    Where does Of Mice and Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have always loved this story but have not read it in over twenty years. With all the talk of Hemingway, for me, Steinbeck has always been at the top of his era.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters and that was one of Steinbeck's strengths; to create interesting, compelling characters.


    What does Gary Sinise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I didn't think I'd like Sinise's narration, but he did a more than adequate job.


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

    Yes it was and it is short at no more than four hours.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 04-27-11
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Mice and Men"

    Gary Sinise delivers an exceptional narration,,, really stellar.
    As for the story, well,,, I know it's a classic and Steinbeck is a great writer, but I'll be darned if I can figure out what he is trying to say in this book. Men wanting basic things (food, shelter, freedom from threat) while dealing with small minded people and just plain meanness. Okay? Is that it? Why didn't I enjoy this story? but I enjoyed the narration.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Brian United States 02-20-12
    Brian United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So glad I finally did this title!"
    Where does Of Mice and Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A classic of American literature that I was supposed to read in 9th grade, I found this to be one of the best stories I've listened to in a long time. Had more meaning now than it would have had at age 14 anyway.


    What does Gary Sinise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Initially I didn't think I would like it specifically because of Gary Sinise, but he did an incredible job and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to others.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, but it certainly touched places in me that haven't had light on them in awhile


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin S. ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-05-11
    Kevin S. ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Performance of a Classic Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found the language in this book highly offensive. The blatant use of the Lord's name in vain caused me to wince many times. I didn't care for the lack of morality of the main characters. The performance by Gary Sinise was excellent and really helped my daughter get through this book for her English class.


    Which character – as performed by Gary Sinise – was your favorite?

    Gary did a great Lenny.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are sensitive to harsh language, don't listen to this.

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    Steve Williams Corrales, NM, US 11-29-11
    Steve Williams Corrales, NM, US 11-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story"

    What can I say it is Steinbeck. Wonderful choice of narrator he enhance a great story.

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    Shannon Mooresville, IN, United States 01-13-12
    Shannon Mooresville, IN, United States 01-13-12
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    "If you like profane language"

    I was hoping to broaden my horizons by reading some of the old classics. This one was a mistake! Terrible plot, terrible ending, and profane language throughout the entire book. Stick with To Kill a Mockingbird. This was the biggest waste of 3 hours ever!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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