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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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    Jenny San Antonio, TX, United States 10-24-11
    Jenny San Antonio, TX, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2001
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    "The reader alone is worth it"

    A classic story with a fantastic narrator. His voices felt true to the characters and kept me listening. The story itself is a heart wrenching tale at times. I did not find much enjoyment in Steinbeck's The Pearl but this story completely sold me on the merits of this author

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 06-25-12
    Rosemary 06-25-12
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    "Great Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a good quick read of a classic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George. He was a compassionate and loyal friend to Lenny.


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

    No but I would like to listen to more. He was a terrific reader.


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

    I laughed and cried. It was a great story and a classic I had never read before.


    Any additional comments?

    Makes me want to revisit Steinbeck's other works.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-24-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Ignorance is Bliss"

    Loved the book, loved the movie and now I can say I love the audio book version as well! I knew this was a great, touching story already but Sinise as the narrator really impressed me. He does a great job with all of the voices and I can't wait to listen to more books by him. It also helped that he is also one of the stars in the movie itself. Indeed this is such a great story and just so sad at the end. Definitely a classic and I would certainly recommend this title to anyone who has yet to read/listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-06-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Gary Sinise is Amazing. Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Of Mice and Men to be better than the print version?

    The audio is better. Gary Sinise really makes the characters come alive. You feel like you are in the room with them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just the whole thing. It's like watching a car heading to a ditch and you just so want to stop it but you know you can't.


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

    This is the only book I have heard by Gary Sinise. He WAS George and Lenny. Truly amazing.


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

    I did listen to the entire book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Must buy. Very good story, very good performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 12-19-11
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 12-19-11 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "The Poor Little Mouse"

    Once again I'm so glad to have downloaded and listened to another classic Steinbeck novel.
    The narrator artfully brings along as we travel down the road with the two friends. I so love the way Steinbeck gives us characters we already know. And as we experience the human condition and wish for things to turn out a certain way, your heart gets broken before you finish this book. Oh and a journey worth taking.
    Thanks to Audible for including this book on your site.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kennedy SAN JOSE, CA, United States 06-18-12
    Kennedy SAN JOSE, CA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Hear the book, then see the movie..."
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    You can't go wrong with a classic!

    Another of Steinbeck's raw, emotion filled, suspenseful tales set in the depression era. You'll be on the edge of your seat like a ballpark fan, coaching George and Lennie through querulous choices and foreseeable plot pitfalls.

    Hear the book (great narration by Gary Sinise), then see the movie (with Gary Sinise again, rel. 1992)!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-07-12
    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-07-12 Member Since 2010

    I love learning, teaching, and exploring!

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    "Nice for a short listen"

    This novel was a nice and short listen and is well worth the time. The story is emotional and I certainly won't forgot it anytime soon.

    At first I thought the narrator was too fast and had trouble keeping up. But in the later parts of the the book, Gary Sinise really captured the emotion and the pace was perfect. He also had some good voices for different characters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-06-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Lenny was an adult with an intellectual disability"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Of Mice and Men to be better than the print version?

    Yes, and much of the credit for that goes to reader Gary Sinise, who gave unique life to each character in the book.


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

    The conclusion is the most memorable part of the book for me. I work with adults with intellectual disabilities, and there is no doubt that Lenny had such a disability. In today's world there are services available to people like Lenny. He could have a home and a team of people dedicated to keeping him safe and teaching him how to live in the community. There were no such services in the world George and Lenny lived in, leading to a dramatic and heart-breaking conclusion.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen F 10-04-12
    Karen F 10-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A different kind of love story"

    Very glad that I chose to listen to this book. Narrator is awesome and turns the characters into real life people. The story itself is all about people, the good, the bad, the ugly and those who are beautiful in their hearts by the love they show to their "brothers". I can't say that I agree with the choice made by George in the end, but I can understand that it was love that moved him to make that choice. I would highly recommend this book, it will make you realize that the people in our lives are more important than the things in our lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna camarillo, CA, USA 09-02-12
    Donna camarillo, CA, USA 09-02-12 Member Since 2006
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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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