The best parts are when Hemingway discusses his education in, and approach to, the craft of writing.
I lived in Paris for 4 years, and would sit at Hemmingway's table in Harry's Bar. I thought the story would be a good listen, it wasn't. I couldn't tell if it was the narration or the story that bored me.
I really enjoyed listening to these Hemingway essays. They made me feel like I was a part of his time in Paris., and gave insight into his writing process. The stories about other writers of his time were enlightening and helped transport me to 1920's and 30's Paris.
Highly recommend for any Hemingway fan.
James Naughton has the perfect voice and tone to capture Hemmingway. Had not read this book in a while so was nice rediscovering it through this recording .
I just got back from Paris and this book was part of my pre-vacation immersion. James Naughton sounds like like I would expect Hemingway would sound and his delivery was great. Overall, the story is not super captivating, but it paints a vivid picture of a time in the author's life in Paris, which was exactly what I was looking for.
I like good literature
I loved the book, but I have a good Hemingway background. So many of my friends don't read the classics.
He did an excellent job narrating.
I did find myself amazed and amused at F. Scott Fitzgerald.
With little aforehand experience with Hemingway and his writings, I picked this title for its coverage of France, specifically Paris, in the 1920s. Little did I know that this would be a title my husband and I would listen to again and again, revisiting after reading other Hemingway titles, Fitzgerald, or works focusing on life with the "Lost Generation." The book is wonderful, covering a span of time whose creativity and vibrance seems unrivaled in a city which caters to creativity and vibrance. The narration by Naughton is masterful and interesting, and in the end, captures the moving intent of Hemingway's prose. So many narrators detract from the quality of the piece - Naughton lets the work stand on its own without interfering, which is something important in an audio title.
A Moveable Feast is a poignant memoir written at the end of Hemingway's life, in which he remembers his first wife, and the innocent years of their marriage, with a fine wistfulness. His anecdotes profiling the famous artists and writers are written with his hallmark spareness which, even so, is imbued with wit and humor made all the more delightful for its brevity - conveying so much with so little. A key component to enjoying this audible book is the narrator. James Naughton is simply outstanding. His pace is relaxed, and the inflections and rhythms of his voice bring the words to life. He so perfectly interprets the author's words and purpose that - truly - one can believe they are listening to Hemingway himself. A book and a listening experience not to be missed.
I have never been a fan of Hemingway. The memory of plodding through The Old Man and the Sea at a tender age sets my teeth on edge. I find his terse start-stop telegram style of writing distracting and contrived.
This pseudo-memoir is certainly less tedious, and I did enjoy the profiles of Stein and Fitzgerald, and the occasional well-crafted image or random bit of snark, but came away luke-warm at best. Hemingway seems at his best when writing about others; the self-reflection feels false, egotistical and boring. “I wrote all day and it was good to write…I sipped my glass of Sancerre. It was cold and good.” Please. I needed a glass of Sancerre myself after this one.