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Of Mice and Men | [John Steinbeck]

Of Mice and Men

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....
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Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....

©1937 John Steinbeck (P)2010 Hachette Digital

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    Toni High Peak, United Kingdom 06/06/2012
    Toni High Peak, United Kingdom 06/06/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "Evocative"

    I bought this as my son was studying Of Mice and Men for GCSE English Literature, and we listened to it in the car on the way to school. Even though he was already familiar with the story and the characters, my son and his younger brother thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audiobook read in an authentic American dialect by the excellent narrator. I loved it too, particularly the unhurried pace which is thoroughly in keeping with the novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    liam Morley, United Kingdom 09/09/2011
    liam Morley, United Kingdom 09/09/2011 Member Since 2011

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    "A true classic"

    I studied this book in High school and have always loved it. This audio book brought the characters alive once more and allowed me a perspective into the life of Americans during the depression. An excellent book and an excellent audio rendition.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Bristol, United Kingdom 28/01/2013
    Gary Bristol, United Kingdom 28/01/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Simple Dialogue - Interesting Characters"

    Can't recall if I ever finished this book while at school and having encouraged my children to read it, thought I'd better get this title ticked on the bucket list.



    Of its time - written in the mid 1930s I think - the language is of its time though in its simplicity, paints a very good picture of what it was like back then.



    Grapes of Wrath next. The mission contines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G Pire sur SeicheFrance 24/09/2012
    G Pire sur SeicheFrance 24/09/2012 Member Since 2010

    Many hours in spring and summer spent sitting on a slow lawn mower is why I listen to stories.

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    "good for one's general culture"

    Easy listening, very short, the sort of book that makes up part of a learned person's library. Lots of interesting themes to ponder upon.

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    10/09/2011
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    "Very enlightening"

    A very touching story. Was on the reading list for university. The narrator is excellent and the story is deserving of it's 'classic' status.

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    Wendyhawthorn 09/05/2014
    Wendyhawthorn 09/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant to support GCSE's"
    Would you listen to Of Mice and Men again? Why?

    This is fantastic on an iPad for supporting year 11s in their exam prep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You can easily select the sections you need to litem to prior to the lessons.


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

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Stillorgan, Ireland 13/12/2013
    Thomas Stillorgan, Ireland 13/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Of Mice and Men to be better than the print version?

    Of Mice and Men is exquisite in its dialogue and character development and Clarke Peters adds to this almost perfectly. His portrayal of Lennie, in particular, is spot-on, and better than I imagined when reading it.


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

    I'd reccomend reading this book along with the Great Gatsby - both books about the great depression but from opposite sides of the spectrum, both showing how little hope and much despair there was at the time.


    What does Clarke Peters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Clarke Peters' voice of Lennie is brilliant, he somehow brings out Lennie's heart and gentleness while also bringing to life his size and stature


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Collins 12/07/2013
    A. Collins 12/07/2013

    Programmer, powerlifter and lover of maths.

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    "Worth it"
    If you could sum up Of Mice and Men in three words, what would they be?

    Short, tough, endearing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The characters


    What does Clarke Peters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great set of voices; strong style that allows you to get into the "deep southness" of the characters. Very much made it for me.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and moreso the performance. I think it's a must-read for anyone given its shortness and warming characters. Has a strong ending too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue St Neots, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Sue St Neots, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "A gentle read"

    I probably would never have read this if my son hadn't been studying it at school, but he was quite inspired by it so I downloaded the audiobook. I loved the narrator's interpretation, and the voices he gave the characters really brought it to life. It wasn't what I expected - I really enjoyed it, and felt real empathy for the brothers, and even a little for poor Curly's wife. A sad, but not unexpected, ending to a beautifully written tale.

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    Pippa 07/04/2013
    Pippa 07/04/2013 Member Since 2013

    I have recently discovered audio books, they are great to listen to when doing mundane tasks, like ironing!

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    "A school read"

    I downloaded this for my daughter who is studying it for GCSE and decided to listen to it myself. To start with I found the accent annoying but soon got use to it. I found it a moving story, and a reminder of how dfferences of race and disability were not accepted at that time.

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