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Of Mice and Men Audiobook

Of Mice and Men

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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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    Donna camarillo, CA, USA 09-02-12
    Donna camarillo, CA, USA 09-02-12 Member Since 2008
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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


    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 2014

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    NYC Amazon buyer New York, NY 08-02-12
    NYC Amazon buyer New York, NY 08-02-12
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    "Outstanding reading"

    Sinise reads with extraordinary skill, richly conveying Steinbeck's empathy, indignation and grasp of his characters' struggle. I used this in a classroom, and it made the text come to life for the students.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca R. Caledonia, New York United States 06-06-13
    Rebecca R. Caledonia, New York United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartbreaking"
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    The narration was perfect. The voices added so much to the interpretation of the character's personality. Lenny broke my heart. As a parent of child with Downs, I understand how difficult it is for a person with a learning disorder to comprehend the society we have created. George was so devoted to Lenny, I just wanted to hug him. In fact, all the characters had their positive qualities (except for maybe Curly). A short listen - about 3 hours- but it is a deep, deep story that will leave you with thoughts that your brain will keep picking at for days.

    2 of 3 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.


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    Dave 05-25-17
    Dave 05-25-17 Member Since 2011
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    "heartbreaking piece of humanity"

    loved it fully! will read again soon and recommend it
    to all my reading friends

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    bmontesdeoca 05-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic with a great performance"

    A classic narrated by a great actor. Great editing. One of the most sober, realistic performances.

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    Kindle Customer 05-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "captivating"

    I really enjoyed the story, it was very compelling it really makes you think about who you really are and if you really have what you want.

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    Paul 05-09-17
    Paul 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best character narration I have heard"

    I have heard two other actors narrate, which was entertaining for its own sake, but Sinise really makes this story amazing. what a great, we'll studied performance he gives for each of the several characters.

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    Jacqueline 05-06-17
    Jacqueline 05-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "not so much....."

    I've listened twice. seemed repetitive. I don't get it. not my cup of rea.

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