I had listened to The Sun Also Rises and thought "Well, that was boring and pointless". For Whom The Bell Tolls made me want to read some more of Hemingway's works. It's poignant and you believe these are real people the events are happening to, not stock characters.
An engaging and realistic story that takes you to another place and another time in another person's mind.
Main character's inner dialogues
Good narrative voice that's not mine, and a steady pace.
Some of the characters' voices were not quite distinguishable from each other enough, however, especially as compared to some audible books where I didn't even need to hear the "so-and-so said" because I knew the voice.
No because it gets intense at times and can be heavy to contemplate at other times.
The book is a classic, and it does seem to ramble at times, but several of the sequences - Pillar's story about how Pablo sent the fascists through a gauntlet, Robert Jordan's experience with the leaders in Madrid, What death smells like, and Andress' race to Goetz - are so technically perfect and well-delivered, that it is hard to argue with the obvious - that Hemingway truly was one of the greatest storytellers of all time.
Scott did a great job. His narrator was even and stark, his Spaniards were accented, but not overly so. Much better than John Slattery's reading of "A Farewell to Arms" (who, despite being a great actor, cannot pull off a waoman's (e.g., Catherine Barkely's) voice.
that would be hard, because it was 16 hours. but i was motivated to listen to it in fewer days than i normally would take.
Yes, absolutely. Hemingway is a genius. I love the way he writes. He just pulls you in like nothing else. He has a way of conveying emotion and situations that is so enthralling.
Okay, I am a huge Metallica fan. The song that got me into Metallica was, For whom the Bells Tolls. So naturally I had to get this book. It only took me 20 years to finally read/listen to the book. Hemingway is now my favorite author. My favorite band got me into my favorite author. Or was it the other way around?
The story and suspense drew me in, but Campbell Scott's narration gave life to all the characters, especially the main character in such a vivid way. I normally only read "modern" fiction (read: Stephen King), but this story was very accessible and gripping. It wasn't filled with military jargon or history lessons. The story of the Spanish civil war was told in terms that made it feel real and visceral in a way that history books never do.
The scene where Pilar tells Jordan about the day Pablo seized the village was gripping and disturbing. The dark side of human nature is laid bare in her account of this event that was simultaneously triumphant and terrible.
The main character: Robert Jordan. Scott makes this character feel like an old friend of the reader.
I often found myself wondering what choices I would make in the same situation and how I would cope with my choices.
Campbell Scott has a voice that is thoughtful and trustworthy. It is a voice that is easy to let into your own head. It is a voice that draws you in...
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A tragic tell of budding love caught up in a doomed mission during Spanish Civil war. The protagonist struggles with the reality that he truly has to love for a life time today because there most likely will be no tomorrow. Hemingway does a great job of building a truly great read of the futility of war.
I obscenity in the milk of this version because it is not unprintable unabridged. They use "obscenity" and "unprintable" in the place of any curse words that appear in the book, and it happens more than you might think. It's still a great version. and Scott Campbell is fantastic, but that does detract from it a bit.
Yes. The story was captivating and would love to listen to it again to explore the characters a bit earlier in the story.
The relationships formed between the characters is layered and deep. The love story is nice, but the challenges that Roberto has faced and needs to face throughout the story drew me in and hooked me very soon within the story.
Campbell did an EXCELLENT job of making me feel very connected to this story. The variations of the characters voices is brilliant, making this one of the most enjoyable audio books I've ever listened to. Bravo Campbell Scott!
Of course, I laughed and cried... multiple times.
I had a few problems with 'dropouts' during the audio (more than 20 - could be because of the download ? but never have had a problem with any other download) which was frustrating at times.
I REALLY want to like Hemingway, but there were too many "thees," "thous," and "obscenities" in this to make it enjoyable for me. I muscled through it, but was very glad to see it end.
Sorry Hemingway! I'm now "reading" The Sun Also Rises and LOVING the narration by William Hurt. Maybe all is not lost between me and Hemingway.
Plot and character development done with spice and heart; bringing reality in to the home via sound.
The portrayal of human emotions and how complex relationships can be for people who are in situations, which require thinking, not just action.
All were good; no favorite
I felt the ending was lacking in some way but "they" don't all end with the white-hats getting the girls and living happily everafter.
Glad I read it and my feelings about the idiocy of war are more solid than ever.