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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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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 08-23-12
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good short story"

    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.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-14-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "another great book by steinbeck!"
    What made the experience of listening to Of Mice and Men the most enjoyable?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    lenny. he was so innocent and steinbeck portrayed him well.


    What about Gary Sinise’s performance did you like?

    THE ABSOULUTE BEST. HE DID INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERS WELL.


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

    yes i would have but started it very late so i finished this morining. i will read this again an again.


    Any additional comments?

    steinbeck seems to be a winner every time. i have several of his books. none have disappointed me yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alycia 08-13-12
    Alycia 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful classic"
    Where does Of Mice and Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a tale that focuses on the human condition and opens up discussions about how we treat individuals with disabilities.


    Have you listened to any of Gary Sinise’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None before


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    Amanda Northridge, CA, United States 07-20-12
    Amanda Northridge, CA, United States 07-20-12
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    "Gary Sinise does a great reading!"
    Where does Of Mice and Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 06-11-12
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 06-11-12 Member Since 2009

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    "What Can Be Said That Hasn't Been Said?"

    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.

    Chris Reich

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    David United States 06-11-12
    David United States 06-11-12
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    "Gary Sinise is Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Of Mice and Men to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George, he is a great mix of loving sympathy, but also has a tough, brooding side as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Opening


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Final scene


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    Jacqueline Carter 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous"
    What made the experience of listening to Of Mice and Men the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    East of Eden or the Grapes of Wrath. They are both epic stories by John Steinbeck, definitely worth the read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    There are some sad moments - but it also offers some comic relief.


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    Rita United States 05-21-12
    Rita United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read"

    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.

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    Chris Reighley Lago Vista, TX 05-05-12
    Chris Reighley Lago Vista, TX 05-05-12 Member Since 2014

    Just a normal guy.

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    "A Journey in Life worth Reading"

    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.

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    J.B. Louisville, TN, United States 04-23-12
    J.B. Louisville, TN, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2003
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    "The Impossible Dream"
    If you could sum up Of Mice and Men in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, Real, Tragic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Of Mice and Men?

    When George had to put Lennie down


    What about Gary Sinise’s performance did you like?

    Voice inflections were awesome


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

    Two drifters who only had each other and a dream


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