Reading books is what I live for.
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!
The performance. John Slattery does ALL the different accents in dialogue in such a wonderful and lively way.
He captures the apathetic narrative voice that Hemingway is so famous for quite skillfully. (Side note: it only occurred to me after listening to this that Roger Sterling from Mad Men could be a Hemingway character.)
The novel is great on it's own, but this is a whole other experience.
The narration. Typical Hemingway. It's an acquired taste, and some people might find it boring or unemotional and cut off, but that's the point. He's making a point about how war impacts us at all levels, whether we acknowledge it or not.
For me , this is a five star text, but I gave it four stars because I know a lot of people would probably think it doesn't move fast enough.
BUT John Slattery's performance should more than make up for that.
Rinaldi!!!! He's so rad!! "Bay-be!"
Romance, Adventure and Sorrow.
I love how well he acted out the parts! His voice was so perfect for Hemingway; it's exactly how I imagine he sounded.
Any fool can know something the point is to understand!
Great story with a Hemingway finish but did not enjoy the reading as it came across a bit flat.
Yes, I have listened to it about 4 times now.
I think my favorite character was probably Catherine Barkley. She just seems like the perfect woman to me.
John Slattery is a tour de force in this. He does so many accents and they are all spot on. I was impressed with his scottish accent for Catherine's friend and his very "American" accent for one of the nurses. It seemed like he did at least 8 or 9 accents though I lost count. His reading of a female voice was really honest. He didn't add any flourishes that weren't necessary to the characters.
Yes, this is an amazing book, but hearing it read well is just a dream. I bookmarked dozens of parts and listen to them from time to time when I'm in my car.
The ending is quite hard to listen to because of the drama. But there are so many cute parts between Mr. Henry and Ms. Barkley. When she's "cleaning him out" before his surgery, I love their discussion.
One thing about the Android App. If you delete the book to make room for other books, and then redownload it, the bookmarks you created are deleted. Horrible!
But this book is amazing and the reading by John Slattery is so good. This is a MUST READ if you've never listened to an audio book. I wish I could find more books that Mr. Slattery has read.
Not my usual pick. The story was during war time, but it was very romantic. No filth. I have listened to the book over and over. I always hear something new to think about. I miss the characters.
I wish there were a book two. I didn't want it to end.
A little bit of action, a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense and an ending that won't be forgotten.
Loved it. Really puts life into perspective.
I hesitate to attempt a review of such a classic work. I shall only say that after listening to this book I attempted to speak for an entire day without using a contraction or passive voice. It was enlightening.
I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.
Very moving story, superbly told. I really enjoyed the accents, but also the way he captures the first person.