First, the censorship isn't an issue. From what I've read the book itself was censored and is still published that way, so it follows that the audio would be also. Skipping over the few swear words didn't ruin the flow to me.
The narration is perfect. Brilliant. He brings life to Italian characters and others, and the slight dramatization is never tedious. It's great.
Hemingway wrote a great book. It's not as much a war story as it is a story that takes place during a time of war. It's follows the life of a soldier but it doesn't linger on battles. It might linger on the love story, becoming maybe a touch too romantic at times, but it always gets reeled back in, and the story is always interesting.
And of course, it's full of wine and wit.
Hemingway's rich description is, I believe, the key to his work. It make you feel like you are there. The grit and horrer of war are well documented but at the same time the humanity of the characters comes through. The ending...well...I won't go there but one comes away with a strong sense of the futility of war.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
John Slattery did an excellent job in narrating the book. I had read "The Modern Scholar: WW1" by John Ramsden and he Listed "A Farewell To Arms" on the reading list and said it covered the fighting between Italy and Austria in WWI. But I was disappointed because there was very little information about the war and was primarily a love story. I am not sure why Ramsden list this book on his reading list. I have enjoyed other Hemingway book so maybe my disappointment was in my expectations.
A sad story about two selfish people morally adrift. Lots of character development that leads nowhere. I thought For Whom The Bell Tolls was more worthy. Both books are chalked full of adult content. The performance was very well done however.
I love love love this audible of A Farewell to Arms! John Slattery is absolutely incredible and brings every emotion and scene to life.
The story is funny, moving and thought provoking all at the same time.
The famed novel that marked the beginning of Ernest Hemingway's great career. An American officer in the service of Italy during WW1 meets and English nurse..... John Slattery makes an outstanding performance. His accent and speech of the English translation of Italian is convincing. He even does a good woman's voice.
But this is not an unabridged production. Misleading advertising during the description. So many words are censored out leaving the listener wondering what was said. I would prefer to have had Mr. Hemingway's actual writing, but if some words were too offensive for the producer I would rather the words be replaced with a similar word of the same meaning.
I recommend you find a true unabridged version of this book.