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Of Mice and Men Audiobook

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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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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    Duck Man 07-22-14
    Duck Man 07-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't Listen To it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who can put up with a slow narrator with a monotone voice with southern accent.


    What didn’t you like about Gary Sinise’s performance?

    Horrible...gave me a headache and had to turn it off after 5 Minutes


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    B. Elmore 07-20-14
    B. Elmore 07-20-14
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    "Wonderful performance of a classic!"
    Would you listen to Of Mice and Men again? Why?

    Yes, yes, and again, yes!! Gary Sinise's performance of this book is magic. I listened to the book on the way home from Oklahoma with my two teenagers in the car. They were also entranced by the story and the performance of Mr. Sinise. They laughed in several places. I think the story really touched them and me. This is my second time through it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the characters best in the story. I like old Candy. I like how George seems to bring hope where he goes, but not in the traditional method. He's not sunshine and light, so how does he inspire the characters of this story to hope? About the performance? You don't have enough space. Gary Sinise's performance was golden. The only problem I had with the whole thing is that when he voiced Slim, it was too low to hear in the car. I missed a lot of that dialog, but this isn't my first visit to this book. Loved his voices, and I still think someone else voiced Lenny. Every once and awhile, you'd hear that familiar "crack" that Gary Sinise has in his voice, but he pulled out some interesting and varied voices to carry the story!


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

    Whatever happens, however I hear or read this story again, I will always hear it in Gary Sinise's voice. Just as he was made to play the part of George on television with John Malkovich as Lennie, he was made to read this book. His tone, his cadence, his accent, were just how I hear the book. I've read the book before, but his performance will forever mark the book as his. Next time I read this in book form, I'll hear Mr. Sinise in my head.


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

    Well, besides the ending, there is the part about the dog. That just kills me every time. This time, I'm driving down a highway in rural TX with tears rolling down my face, lips quivering trying not to sob out loud in front of my children...I'm glad I had cruise control and didn't get stopped. You might as well have killed Old Yeller again, too. Ugh. Then, too, it's impossible not to mention how George describes their dream. Living "off the fat of the land"! It is just a bit different every time and it is a beautiful dream. I really wanted that for them.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say enough about the narration. Gary Sinise did a stellar job. I do not appreciate the colorful language used the book. I was sorry to expose my teenagers to it, but there is so much important material to be covered, that I just have to tell my kids that this is how some people talk, to filter it out and don't let it contaminate their speech. So that's a warning to some who are looking for wholesome classics. My twins start their senior year in the fall, and can filter, but this isn't for younger children unless you don't mind trashy language.

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    Paula M. Lambert 04-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliantly portrayed!"
    What does Gary Sinise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's so rare that I enjoy a film actor's reading of an audible book as opposed to a voice-actor's. Voice-actors seem more attuned to the limits of their craft and therefore bring something to it that screen actors miss.This opinion was shattered by Gary Sinise's masterful reading of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. It's clearly a beloved work to him, (having directed and starred in a film version.) Perhaps he's so saturated by the piece or he may simply have a storyteller's gift. Whichever, he truly brought the story to life for me.


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    Nico PA, United States 03-26-14
    Nico PA, United States 03-26-14
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    "I CRIED IN TRAFFIC"

    ...the good kind of cry, where it's like, "oh, I can feel this deeply, I forgot". If the world were a better place this would be some kind of blockbuster. And I don't mean the movies, I mean this particular audiobook. Gary Sinise would be on the CBS This Morning News, or whatever it's called, talking with Charlie Rose.

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    Robert 03-09-14
    Robert 03-09-14
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    "Raises Goosebumps Remembering It"
    Would you listen to Of Mice and Men again? Why?

    Yes, and I have. Steinbeck captures the simple and powerful truths of relationships with such beauty and eloquence. I find it almost inexpressible how deeply this book moved me.


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

    I did. I could not stop.


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    Chris Baldwin Atlanta, GA 12-20-13
    Chris Baldwin Atlanta, GA 12-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Sad, Sad, Sad.... but Excellent"
    What does Gary Sinise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sinise started a little slow (not sure how many readings he's done). Judged simply on the merits of the narration, there are certainly superior audiobook narrators. But once the character development and dialogue began, Sinise really began to shine. HIs character voices for this work were phenomenal -- some of the best I've heard on Audible. By the end of the novel, I was sold on Sinise even more than before (which is saying something).


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

    So, so sad. Think "Where the Red Fern Grows" or "Old Yeller" or some of those novels you read in elementary school. It is heart-breaking on many levels... but you still have to read.


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    Realist Biker SPARKS, NV, United States 11-30-13
    Realist Biker SPARKS, NV, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Historian in training and writer

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    "The emotion was the key."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would because the way Gary Sinise narrated this timeless classic it priceless. The flavor of all the charactors was given by this great contemporary artist.


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

    I believe Ethan Frome would compare because of the struggles of life, even though the era was different and on opposite sides of our country, that too is also a great literary treasure.


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

    Yes. He pours himself again into this role, like other he has done in the past. He is a truely gifted actor.


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

    I haven't read this novel in over 35 years and I played Lenny in a play while I was in high school, but this reading was different because I combined the novel with Gary Sinise's narration. It made me laugh at times and angry.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend a reader to pick up a great classic like this one, for the first time again. It was special.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-05-13
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Sinise is Grand"

    No one could have narrated this wonderful classic any better than Gary Sinise. When you think this story is dragging, it comes to a roaring conclusion ...and all you want to do is cry. The characters are wonderfully developed in a short amount of time.

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    Tara Shorewood, IL, United States 07-25-13
    Tara Shorewood, IL, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Harmonica Distracts"
    What did you like best about Of Mice and Men? What did you like least?

    The first part of the audio book is accompanied by a harmonica. It is loud and over powering. The story is the same as always but the narrator did a decent job.


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    David Northridge, CA, United States 07-17-13
    David Northridge, CA, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not To Be Missed"


    Of course, an American classic, but the news here is Sinise's read. Terrific and highly recommended.

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