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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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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
IF I WAS A RELATIVE OF YOURS I WOULD SHOOT MYSELF
Steinbeck is America. He almost always writes about the down trodden and gives them a voice, makes them real to us, makes us care. When my boys were growing up, I made them spend some time reading in the summer and I made them read Steinbeck among others. Today they are in their 30's and they are readers. My one son really liked Red Pony. I read most of his stuff before joining audible, but I am looking forward to relistening. .
I THINK CURLY MARRIED A TART
Western fiction readers will also enjoy this book, as it is about hands going from ranch to ranch looking for work.
GEORGE, TELL AGAIN ABOUT THE RABBITS.
Sinese is an excellent narrator.
They really could not have picked a better narrator for this story. He was so good. I love the story too. It was one of my favorites. I would highly recommend it!
The audio is better. Gary Sinise really makes the characters come alive. You feel like you are in the room with them.
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.
This is the only book I have heard by Gary Sinise. He WAS George and Lenny. Truly amazing.
I did listen to the entire book in one sitting.
Must buy. Very good story, very good performance.
Yes, a good quick read of a classic.
George. He was a compassionate and loyal friend to Lenny.
No but I would like to listen to more. He was a terrific reader.
I laughed and cried. It was a great story and a classic I had never read before.
Makes me want to revisit Steinbeck's other works.
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
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
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.
My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.
How unfortunate for me that I waited to age 38 to read Steinbeck. I so loved this book and immediately followed it up with his, Cannery Row and still looking forward to, The Grapes of Wrath. However, I did enjoy this one more than, Cannery Row (despite the fact that I lived five streets up from Cannery Row about eight years ago).
This year I've been running the gamut of Classics; some I've adored and others I'm left wondering why anybody gave a darn (e.g., My favorite has been 20,000 leagues, but hated The Time Machine, Frankenstein was amazing, but I can't finish Moby Dick; Animal Farm was so insightful, but I have no clue what's going on in The Brother's Karamazov).Of Mice and Men is easily third behind two of the aforementioned both in prose and story line.
Gary Sinese might be my new favorite narrator, but this has been the only book I've listened to with him as narrator where I've listened to several books narrated by Wil Wheaton. I had no problem listening at 3x speed.
I'm sure I will listen to this book over and over again; maybe I'll add it to my list of annual reads with Heinlein's, Starship Troopers, and Plato's, The Republic and The Allegory of the Cave.
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.
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)!
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