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.
Having multiple voice actors would have been nice as many of the Italian male characters sounded the same and the female characters sounded masculine.
More likely if it is a narrated story that does not involved voice acting.
All the characters fit the story. None.
May hold reader's attention well and may be great for Hemingway fans, but not a very beneficial story... written well and entertaining. Not a book worth re-reading for personal edification.
I went into reading this book like I approach vegetables: I really ought to do this. However, this book turned out to be spaghetti squash: quirky, but tasty and surprisingly satisfying.
Ernest Hemingway has a very unique writing style that seems to be pretty hit or miss. I do not know if I would have enjoyed this book without it being read aloud. The story is as much a love story as it is a war story.
Didn't like the fact the language was changed to remove any swear words. It should be read the way the author wrote it. Otherwise it would have received 5 stars. Next Hemingway audio book I purchase will be from another publisher.
very unlikeable characters, idle meaningless chatter, and alcoholism. that's the story. then again I'm not a romanist, so this book in general wasn't a good one for me. depends on what you like in a book.