The narrator manages to "do" the characters better than if I had been reading the book and making up their voices in my head. :-) Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.
The story told here focused light on the life of one man at three different periods. His life with his loves, his life with his sons, followed by his life as a fighter for his beliefs during WW II. Through out these phases of his life he was not a man who would not back down from trouble or himself nor would he fail a friend. The descriptions of the interactions between himself and his sons were particularly riveting for me with one hell of a fish story as a part of this. This book brought home all the things I remember the old guys from the WW II era talking about when I was growing up and helped put in perspective some of what made that generation that generation. I am now hooked on Hemingway and intend to read and listen to his other stories. In simple English this is a real good story.
I spend some time in Cuba and this book does a good job of capturing what I have seen. I think Hemingway can be very good or very bad and this falls in the middle.
I've long rated Hemingway as my favorite author. In the part of the book, "Islands" delivers the crisp, intense writing I count on with Hemingway. But by the last part it loses its punch. It is ironic because the end of the book involves the most action-oriented story, yet it is flat. It is also filled with profanity, so watch out if you like to avoid foul language.
I know, it's Ernest Hemingway. How dare I have less than adoration for the author!
The monotone narration was mediocre at best but there was very little to work with.
The story is about a big name artistic type who reaches for a drink made by his black man servant or a bottle for any and all reasons. Not much happens other than he suffers some almost incidental personal losses so, guess what? He reaches for another drink. Then he dies and the drinking stops. The end.
If you've known an alcoholic you already know the story. It isn't fun in real life and it isn't worthy entertainment either. Don't waste your credit.
I love Hemingway. His books are so descriptive you can picture and feel everything. The first half was excellent, but he second half drug a bit, although very good nonetheless. Wish he didn't kill off his main characters!!