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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.
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It's hard to say what exactly makes this book such a good read, but I believe it must be the combination of a compelling and straightforward story, and an efficient and original use of language, characterized and settings. In brief: a good story just as good stories should be!
Clarke Peters delivers a terrific performance. It's simply superb the way he gives life to the various characters in the story.
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.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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.
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Would you listen to Of Mice and Men again? Why?
Yes, one of the few I couldn't turn off.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Of Mice and Men?
The opening scene is one of the best pieces of descriptive writing I have ever read (/heard?)
What about Clarke Peters’s performance did you like?
He was easy to listen to, stayed in character very well and didn't have any speech impediments to detract from the story. An admirable job on a classic.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I cried, even though I could predict the ending. Overall emotion would be enchantment, I was spellbound from the opening and it didn't let go til it wrapped up.
Any additional comments?
An absolute masterclass in writing as well as a very enjoyable ride. It's incredibly short and well worth the time to listen several times over.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The title itself had me thinking what it means? And of course leading me to read so as to know the true meaning of the title.
Steinbeck made it a point to showcase in the first chapter the motif and differentiate the characters leading the story straight away. He made sure the reader knew to distinguish and separate Lennie and George from the rest of the farm hand from the get go.
It was a lovely read. A story of dreams, hopes, obstacles and human nature in general. Easy read. Loved it!!
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