Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Audiobook CD - 1999
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In depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md : Recorded Books, p1999.
ISBN: 9780788737244
0788737244
Branch Call Number: CD Fic Stei
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (4 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hammer, Mark

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CarleeMcDot Jan 22, 2019

Like I mentioned, I needed a couple audio books to keep me entertained on my drive to and from Phoenix for the Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half and since I already had an 8 hours long one, I needed a shorter one. This one was available and was only 4 hours long so I snagged it. It was just a coincidence that both books were set during the Great Depression (and that the first book referenced the quote the title of this book was borrowed from multiple times - it was like it was planned... but it wasn't ;)). Like most classics you were supposed to read in school, this was one a missed... There's a possibility I read the CliffNotes, but in all honesty I think I just watched the movie. Anywho, I had forgotten the story and wanted to give it another chance. I can see why it won so many awards in its day (although I'll be honest, the racist language was cringeworthy). This book focuses on dreams and aspirations, despite the characters often being in powerless or abusive situations. I definitely wouldn't consider it a feel good book (at times I'd say it is even emotionally draining), but it is touching, tragic and oh so powerful. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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Aug 24, 2016

Although I couldn't quite care enough for the story itself (perhaps due to its effortful American version of 'socialist realism'), I must admit that it was excellently narrated. I have have heard a narrated film (like one for the blind), but this, I imagine, comes as close as it could get: no interior thoughts, and little narration that couldn't be visualized.

Jun 02, 2015

Mark Hammer's reading of Steinbeck's heartbreaking classic is sensitive and engaging. A terrific audiobook.

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