I had to read the book within a week for a English Lit. class in which I had a quiz after completion. There would have been no feasible way I could have done this if I tried to read the book without this tool. Great to listen to and I was able to visualize the settings and the characters..I received an "A" on the quiz.I will continue to order audibles. One last note the voices in the story kept me drawn to what was going to happen next.
I think John Slattery does a great job on this book. First, I have to admit that I first read this novel more than 40 years ago and didn't pick it up again until now. It was the first adult novel that I ever read voluntarily (by adult I mean not The Hardy Boys, etc.). I still like it even though I still remember how it ends. Second, I'm a fan of Slattery from MadMen and many other shows and movies. In this book, he often uses an Italian accent with an ease that makes me think he must have spent a few years there. He also uses at least 4 other accents at various times. It is not at all difficult to "see" Slattery as a young Hemingway during WW 1. One problem I have with Hemingway is keeping track of who is talking during long dialogues. Slattery succeeds most of the time even though I'm driving while listening. I do worry that "The Sun Also Rises" will defeat me as it did when I tried to read it as my second Hemingway.
I wasn't even able to get through the book. It was as if someone digitized a single mic recording of a record playing at a great distance. The narrators wasn't very good anyway. Very bummed.
The accents used throughout the book made it the most enjoyable book I've listened to so far!!
I got lucky and selected "For Whom the Bell Tolls" to listen to before this book. Had I picked "A Farewell to Arms" first, it is unlikely I would have ever selected FWTBT. This book is as bad as FWTBT is great. Everything great about FWTBT is missing from this book, all the way down the the narrarator, who is at least partly responsible for ruining this book. There is barely a story line, and even less character development.The dialog is plodding, and the visual imagry is barren. I'm not a literature scholar, but I can't see why this book is considered written art. I so loved "For Whom the Bell Tolls", I was astonished Hemingway could write this clunker. Chose something else.
I had already read this years ago, but when I saw who was narrating I definitely thought it was worth my time to reread this classic with a great actor with a very appropriate voice narrating. I was not disappointed. Definitely warranted the 'performed by' label without the over the top feeling.
I finally gave up on reading this I tried downloading and listening on the cloud but, every it consistently kept skipping. I tried to follow it as long as I could but, finally gave up. Too bad I really love Ernest Hemmingway and want to read all his novels.
Not sure but, he was not the best. Too monotone
This is the second book I have tried listening to where the playback was so poor I gave up.
Narrator had great accents, but would let his voice fall at the end of sentences for dramatic effect. Or if the characters were whispering, putting the book at full volume still made me strain to hear. I'm 23.