This story has it all, bravery for a cause , love set against all the odds, and heartbreaking account of the Spanish civil war. You'd have to be heartless not to be moved by this famous book.
I had been wanting to delve into some of the classics but I've been put off by the narration. I like Campbell Scott as an actor and the smoke convinced me to give it s go. I was not disappointed! Scott adds just enough emotion to the sometimes flat affect of the protagonist. Scott provides nice accent to the snippets in French and Spanish.
The story with which I was only vaguely familiar was told with detail do gritty and precise that I was "there" with the characters. I not only "saw" what was happening, but Hemingway's prose made me "feel" the cold of night, the sun on my face, the warmth of the fire, the shaking if the ground, the beating of hearts. I had read Hemingway in high school but never appreciated the emotion he was able to evoke. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate the adult experiences--feeling of duty, loss, love, disappointment, shame, etc. this time, I felt every emotion the characters felt and that was the mastery of Hemingway.
If you think you don't like Hemingway because we "had" to read him when you were younger, I encourage you to give him another read or listen.
Good story. very interesting story line. fun to listen tp. Hemingway is an artist. The characters were very interesting.
No language censorship. I want the original, audible should label censored content as such.
I love the book, I am upset I paid for a censored narration without any such label. False listing. Ruins the experiance.
If book is censored, label it up front. I only want the original, this isnt publuc broadcast.
Loved the story, the narrative and the performance.
I've never read Hemingway,but now I feel like he's one of my favorites.
What a powerful story
I did enjoy this audiobook, as I though it was a great, engaging novel. But I am writing this review to address the several reviews I have seen here which accuse the publisher of somehow cleaning up or sanitizing the rough language in the original work. This is not true. Hemingway chose to use substitutes for obscenities himself, like actually using the word "obscenity" (e.g. "go obscenity thyself") or terms like "milk of thy father". This version is completely true to the original work!
If this is Hemmingways best work , guess I'm done with him. I think Audible has done a great disservice to the book by calling it unabridged and then censoring profanity! Bad enough that it's written in English, Spanish and French, without the intervention of censorship, to confuse the listener more!
No, once is enough.
The historical perspective and psychology of the characters . . . although both were pretty naive.
Great Story Teller!
It's been done.
I never realized that the Title was actually a poem by John Donne. LOVED the poem!
The book is a well crafted story with developed characters and plot points. But it is a product is it's time. The self-censored dialog in particular sounds silly in an age where pop culture is full of rough street language. And the love scenes written with symbols and poetic language seem juvenile and lacking of sensuality. Still, it is a timeless classic that demonstrates the talents of its' author.