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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.
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By Rosemary on 06-25-12
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, a good quick read of a classic.
Who was your favorite character and why?
George. He was a compassionate and loyal friend to Lenny.
Have you listened to any of Gary Sinise’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No but I would like to listen to more. He was a terrific reader.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed and cried. It was a great story and a classic I had never read before.
Any additional comments?
Makes me want to revisit Steinbeck's other works.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-11-17
IF I WAS A RELATIVE OF YOURS I WOULD SHOOT MYSELF
Steinbeck is America. He almost always writes about the down trodden and gives them a voice, makes them real to us, makes us care. When my boys were growing up, I made them spend some time reading in the summer and I made them read Steinbeck among others. Today they are in their 30's and they are readers. My one son really liked Red Pony. I read most of his stuff before joining audible, but I am looking forward to relistening. .
I THINK CURLY MARRIED A TART
Western fiction readers will also enjoy this book, as it is about hands going from ranch to ranch looking for work.
GEORGE, TELL AGAIN ABOUT THE RABBITS.
Sinese is an excellent narrator.
44 of 49 people found this review helpful