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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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  • Global
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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 12/02/2012

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.

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  • Global
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  • Jaydee Larson
  • 22/02/2016

A must-read classic.

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.

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  • Matthew
  • 16/09/2013

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.

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  • Sue
  • 12/08/2013

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.

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  • tatiana
  • 14/10/2012

Great Performance!

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

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  • Letitia
  • 07/08/2012

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.

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  • Roland
  • Leonberg, Deutschland
  • 27/04/2011

Meisterleistung

Literatur der aboluten Spitzenklasse. Dieser Klassiker von John Steinbeck lässt den Hörer mit Sicherheit nicht unbewegt. Das Schicksal des sanften Riesen geht einem unter die Haut. Ein Muss für Freunde amerikanischer Literatur. Wenn möglich sollte man das Hörbuch in der englischen Originalfassung genießen.

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  • Thomas
  • 24/09/2017

tantalizingly painful

From pretty much the beginning you know that something will go wrong. The author shows you a cliff and then slowly, methodically and thoroughly describes step by step the way to and over it. People, their wickedness displayed, their dreams and hopes dissected and then destroyed. The author definitely doesn't love the characters, they just example to show the phenomenon of human suffering and cruelty. This is *the* difference between this book and The Grapes of Wrath, where the author puts warmth in his characters.

The speaker is absolutely fantastic.