Yes, without question. Nobody writes like Hemingway. And A Farewell to Arms is a wonderful example of Hemingway's beautiful writing style.
The love story and descriptions of life in WWI Italy.
Most interesting - how was the love story going to end?
Least interesting - detailed updates from the "front".
Reconfirm my desire to visit Italy.
I would. I really enjoyed John Slattery's performance, and the characters are believable and real and sad.
I really like character development more than plot, and the people in this story seemed well-rounded, believable, complex in their motivations, and varied. Having said that, there were plenty of plot developments as well.
He has a great voice, and he deals with the Italian well. He also doesn't overdo emotion in his narration, which is particularly well suited for the narrating character.
Don't want to spoil it, but the ending.
A Farewell to Arms is a brilliant, deep little book written at a young age. Hemingway slaved over this semi-autobiographical novel, and John Slattery's read of it is inspired, clear, and true.
Here's to hoping Mr. Slattery narrates more Hemingway, and more classics altogether.
The narrator does a great job conveying mood of the story, and the story is wonderful, but for some reason, this is edited -- the curse words are removed. I'm not sure why -- they were written in for a reason.
Yes, it's important to read this novel carefully.
Catherine, she's sympathetic and thoughtful.
Catherine, she comes alive in this reading by Slattery.
The whole novel is moving.
True love lasts a lifetime, or so they say. This story is about true love, and not only does the true love in the story last a lifetime, but the story itself is almost a hundred years old, and it still lasts. Not only a lovestory - there is much more to it, but also a love story, with all the bells and whistles, and second to none, not even "Bonnie and Clyde" or "The accidental tourist"
The story is so intense in its writing, that you cannot help falling into the hole in the paper, ever time you come back from where you left off - or rather, you would, had this not been an audiobook. But be grateful that it IS an audiobook, because the narration is superb too.
I came across A farewell to arms by chance - or by narrator. John Slattery narrated my favorite audiobook of all times, Duma Key, by Stephen King, and here I simply fell in love with the voice of Mr. Slattery. So when I came to audible.com I checked him out, and saw that he had read other stories too. I picked up A farewell to arms as my first audiobook here, and I just never looked back.
The Farewell to this story left me hollow, Hemingway knows how to use the language, and he can carry a tune, wordwise, and bring it to a full scale opera. A wonderful story. One of which I didnt see the end coming until it did, and I still mourn that it's over. Luckily I can, and will, return to Mr. Hemingway - and Mr. Slattery, in other stories.
Man or woman - grab this one, you'll fall in love, I'm sure of it. I did!
I would; as a busy college kid who has time between walking and driving to classes, listening to an assigned text proved a great way to catch up on time and assignments. John Slattery did a great job narrating too (and I was surprised to hear him on Mad Men and the new Bethesda video game Dishonored...)
I was told to get ready for depressing stories when reading Hemingway but that his descriptions of settings and characters bring a lot of life from the text. Friends were right and the whole world war 1 setting proved to provide some interesting conflicts and characters throughout.
The ending, although sad, really has you pulled in and (maybe a bit angrily) reflecting on what just happened.
Great job for a first time audible user! I'll keep subscribed for a bit.
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Unfortunately (at least for me), Farewell to Arms is more of a readerly notch in the belt, a tick off the "to-read" list than a compelling and sustaining novel. Being a long-time Hemingway devotee and having read all of his other novels, I have to say Farewell to Arms is his weakest. That said, I still endorse reading it.
In addition to Papa's slow-plodding narrative, John Slattery doesn't do justice to the handful of high-tense moments in the story. Slattery's pace remains painfully consistent despite the obvious head-over-heals moments. In those highly charged scenes I had to actually pause the audio version, locate the spot in the physical text and read it manually to capture the quicker flow and rhythm. (For an example: listen to the mortar-shelling scene to get the idea.) Further, Slattery reads all of the characters with the same Italian tone and accent--men and women, alike. I can usually ignore this petty grievance but in this particular case the monotonous and repetitive characterizations were unavoidably annoying.
descriptive, pessimistic, realistic
Anything by Hemingway in terms of his style.
All were fantastic! But probably Rinaldi was my favorite performance.
John Slattery should have more!