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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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    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
    10/09/2011 Member Since 2009
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendyhawthorn 09/05/2014
    Wendyhawthorn 09/05/2014
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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 Southampton, UK 12/07/2013
    A. Collins Southampton, UK 12/07/2013 Member Since 2012

    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 Gosport, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Pippa Gosport, United Kingdom 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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    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.

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  • Ian C Robertson
    South Australia, Australia
    12/02/12
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    "As Good as They Get"

    There was a time in my life when I read at least two books every year. These were Conrad's, "Heart of Darkness" and this one. Both are short by modern standards (recent Booker award notwithstanding), but each gives as complete a picture as one might hope for through the medium of words. I say this to disclose my bias. Yet, it has been ten years since I last read this classic. It has always been inspiring for me, particularly the account of the the demise of the old dog and the final juxtaposition of the two friends' farewell. He does juxtaposed story lines so well. But what I love most about Steinbeck is that he does not waste a word. Each one seems especially chosen, and it's hard to think of a better one to replace it. Truly intelligent design.

    The reader will probably know the story and perhaps even the ending. I won't precise it. But even knowing one or both won't spoil the climax in my view.

    The performance was first class too. If I could have given 4.5 stars, I would've. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is because of the relativity against which I rate Ian Richardson and Linden Gregory. Peters is really very good indeed. His transition from male to female, black, to white, Lenny to George is almost faultless. I would not let the lost half star deter you from this excellent interpretation of a loved favourite.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Singapore, Singapore
    16/09/13
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    "Magnificent"

    As much I appreciated this piece of fiction, I have to confess that I’m thankful it was only a short time spent in the heartrending world of George and Lennie.

    In some ways this is an easy listen --- the pacing is brisk, the characters are well-defined, the narrative is engaging and the performance from Clarke Peters is a delight.

    But in some other very important ways, “Of Mice and Men” is a real challenge. The characters attitudes toward race and gender may be historically accurate but are – nonetheless – pretty hard to take. And the sense of impending calamity imbued in the writing may be masterful, but left me spent. By the time we reached the final scenes, my heart was truly broken.

    I really did respect this novella and thoroughly recommend it, but can’t say I “enjoyed” it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Healesville, Australia
    12/08/13
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    "A classic revisited"
    Would you listen to Of Mice and Men again? Why?

    This is a grim portrayal of a short period in the life of two men who have nothing but each other. It is classic Steinbech at his best, depicting depressing themes that lead us to the final punch in guts ending. I will listen to it again for sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I Love the way Steinbech unfolds the story through carefully crafted dialogue, exposing the downtrodden characters and the hopelessness of their situation.


    Which character – as performed by Clarke Peters – was your favorite?

    Of course the central character Lenny has to be my favourite. He is the true victim of the story, despite him being considered the perpetrator of the crime by most of the other characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Steinbech is a master at painting depressing scenes and equally depressing characters,but still luring us to want more for them, to crave the good outcome for them. Of course it never comes, and the powerful and confronting finale leaves you feeling shocked at the rawness of these people and at your own naiveity. Masterful writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tatiana
    Melbourne, Australia
    14/10/12
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    "Great Performance!"

    The story is quite moving, and the performance of this audio book is exceptional, it reflects so much the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letitia
    Young, Australia
    07/08/12
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    "Must Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Of Mice and Men the most enjoyable?

    There is a reason this story has been around for so long. The narration was wonderful and completely drew us into the story. We were right there with George and Lenny.


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

    The rabbits. :)


    Which character – as performed by Clarke Peters – was your favorite?

    Loved Lenny. The voicing was spot on,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    a film you will never forget


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those 'must read before you die books'. It is a classic and a great tale. one i'll never forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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