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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I played this audio reading of Of Mice and Men to my GCSE class and was extremely grateful because it saved me losing my voice. The novel does need to be read well to come alive -- reading the whole thing around the class just doesn't quite work. The reader takes it at a very slow pace, capturing the voices of Lennie, George, and Slim with real subtlety. Some of my class complained about the overly American accent -- but that's the whole point!!
My son was reading it for GCSE and so I decided to give it a listen as the sample (which you should always always listen to by the way as a bad narration will spoil even the best book) sounded good. I had forgotten what a great book Of Mice and Men is, as I had read it originally so long ago. John Steinbeck writes so beautifully and this audio version is a good one. My son laughed at how the narrator read Lenny's parts, but I didn't. The story will move you and you will want to listen to it all over again.
I bought Of Mice and Men as it is a set text for GCSE English. Although I have read the text numerous times and have come to know each bit intimately, the audio version is a great aid to futhering my studies and how I deliver the topic to younger students in the classroom. Not only does the narrator speak in the correct dialect and colloquisms but there is a different tonal quality which highlights parts that previously I had skipped over. As a revision tool it is a bonus and one that I would heartily recommend to other students working on the text. It is easy to listen at any time of the day or night when perhaps you're too tired to read. Additionally I have found it easier to remember important dialogue quotes from the main characters within the book, mainly due to the tonal qualities that the narrator has conjured up for the listener.
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