Of Mice and Men

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Steinbeck
Narrator: Gary Sinise
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Classics
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: May 2003
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

While the powerlessness of the laboring class in a recurring theme in this classic work, Steinbeck narrows his focus, creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness--a parable about commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss.

Reviews (12)

Outstanding!

Written by Roger from Annandale, VA on December 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Gary Sinise was perfect for this book. I'm glad I skipped it when I was supposed to read it in high school so I could get the first-time pleasure of hearing it from this great storyteller.

Classic

Written by Jeff from Toronto, ON on November 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A timeless classic - Gary Sinise brings the book to life and really draws you in. I've read the book several times before and decided to listen to it this time. Much better than expected. If you've read this book before it worth the listen. If you haven't read it yet - do so now.

Of Mice and Men

Written by David Aasmundstad from Dickinson, ND on June 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This story is short and sweet (perhaps bitter sweet). I liked hearing it rather than reading it because of the wonderful job the narrator did differentiating the characters. He (sorry, I can't give accolades by name) is as masterful as the author telling the story. After the story concluded, this story didn't leave my head for awhile.

Of Mice and Men

Written by Anonymous on January 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Gary Sinise does an excellent job of narrating this incredible story. I can still hear him saying, in character, "George!" Loved it.

Of Mice and Men

Written by Anonymous from Mississauga, ON on November 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am a Steinbeck fan, but had never read "Of Mice and Men". Wow, ... it's powerful. Steinbeck at his best. The characterization is in depth. As with many of his stories, there is despair but there is also hope. It is not a story for the faint hearted.The narrator is great.

Of Mice and Men

Written by Anonymous on June 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is classic Steinbeck, very well read by the narrator. Deeply textured characters, detailed descriptions, depressing story. I'm glad to have finally read it since I was never assigned it in school. I'm relieved that I'll never have to read it again.

Another beautiful book by Steinbeck

Written by Anonymous from Manchester, CT on January 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow! I've read East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath and loved them both, and Of Mice and Men proved to be no different. Steinbeck's imagery comes to life beautifully through Sinise's creative narration.

Of Men and Mice

Written by Anonymous on May 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This I thought would be good and it probley is but after 5 minutes of listening I had to turn off. Not suitable for small ears to hear.Alot of foul language.

Of Mice and Men [uab]

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on April 28th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've always loved Steinbeck, but oddly enough, this is one of his titles I had not read before. I was concerned that listening to the book wouldn't provide the mental imagary that reading it would. I was quite wrong. Yet another touching tale by Steinbeck. Gary did do a great job being the narrator. I hope he does more of this. Looking forward to SimplyAudioBooks adding all of Steinbeck's collection to its offerings.

Of Mice and Men

Written by Colleen on April 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great story. And Sinese, the narrator did a great job too! I think Stephen King patterned his John Coffee character after Lenny. But, what a sad story!

Author Details

Author Details

Steinbeck, John

John Ernst Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902 of German and Irish ancestry. His father, John Steinbeck, Sr., served as the County Treasurer while his mother, Olive (Hamilton) Steinbeck, a former school teacher, fostered Steinbeck's love of reading and the written word. During summers he worked as a hired hand on nearby ranches, nourishing his impression of the California countryside and its people.

After graduating from Salinas High School in 1919, Steinbeck attended Stanford University. Originally an English major, he pursued a program of independent study and his attendance was sporadic. During this time he worked periodically at various jobs and left Stanford permanently in 1925 to pursue his writing career in New York. However, he was unsuccessful in getting any of his writing published and finally returned to California.

His first novel, Cup of Gold was published in 1929, but attracted little attention. His two subsequent novels, The Pastures of Heaven and To a God Unknown, were also poorly received by the literary world.

Steinbeck married his first wife, Carol Henning in 1930. They lived in Pacific Grove where much of the material for Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row was gathered. Tortilla Flat (1935) marked the turning point in Steinbeck's literary career. It received the California Commonwealth Club's Gold Medal for best novel by a California author. Steinbeck continued writing, relying upon extensive research and his personal observation of the human condition for his stories. The Grapes of Wrath (1939) won the Pulitzer Prize.

During World War II, Steinbeck was a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. Some of his dispatches were later collected and made into Once There Was a War.

John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 “...for his realistic as well as imaginative writings, distinguished by a sympathetic humor and a keen social perception.”

Throughout his life John Steinbeck remained a private person who shunned publicity. He died December 20, 1968, in New York City and is survived by his third wife, Elaine (Scott) Steinbeck and one son, Thomas. His ashes were placed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Salinas.