avid listener, during exercise and travel. Been doing for 30 plus years and probably will never stop. I am trying to read more recently, it requires more downtime.
Probably this book is dated. The style in which Hemingway presented the material was tedious to listen to. Not being a scholar of Hemingway I had a difficult time listening to him repeat dialogue over and over again. But I am glad that I listened to know about his style and whether or not I would enjoy it more of his books.
overall five stars
my first Hemingway as an adult
much better than expected.
It is true this is a "man's man's" book, but the emotions are deep and the writing very tight. It is nice to see Hemingway not "trying to hard" but yet still knocking it out of the park.
I now understand why Hemingway is considered such a great writer. And the narrator's performance was outstanding. The book inspires me to read more Hemingway and learn more about the Spanish Civil War.
I never gave Hemingway a chance to impress.
Will be listening to more of his work now.
The cutting insults exchanged and attributed to Spanish culture are sometimes shocking and other times halarious.
Performance was outstanding! English, Spanish, and French along with accents and gender -- all great.
If Hemingway lived through half of what he writes about his choice to end his life, while still troubling, is somehow less so.
Why we're all the expletives deleted?
Took away from Hemingway's intent and distracted from the audio presentation. Frat book, though
The narrator was good for the story and conveyed the main character's thoughts and feelings. The action is subdued but great attention is given to characters and advancing the theme of the book.
It's books like this that make me wonder what makes a book a classic. This book reads like it was translated from Spanish. Perhaps he intended it to be that way, but it was more distracting than anything. The story itself was okay, but there was nothing I can point to that was very uplifting or depicted the indomitable human spirit. I don't understand why he decided that it was necessary to call the main character by his full name every time he was referenced not in dialog. Overall it was just a "meh" book.