This is more creative non-fiction than a novel, in my opinion.
Yes, I'll be more wary of historical "fiction"
It's interesting to learn more about Hemingway's life, but that's the best of this.
It wasn't a bad listen, but it wasn't a great listen either. The narrators voice made the main character seem somewhat whiny and annoying, but maybe that was the intent. It was a somewhat entertaining story and interesting, and while it didn't disappoint there was something missing. If you like historical fiction, you will probably enjoy it. If you like fast paced reads, this is probably not for you.
Yes. Great story, enjoyable, insightful, honest and real. I lived and felt Hadley and Ernest's relationship and learned more about life in the process. I don't want more from a novel.
Love, sacrifice, determination
When Hadaly let go of her marriage.
Her voice was amazing and sensitive. The building of characters made them real right in front of my eyes.
Knowing she would love him her whole life and letting him go anyway - courage and self-will.
What a fabulous insight into this complicated man. The character
The revelation of the shallowness of Hemingway in regard to others in his life.
His singular focus on himself must have caused his depression. It left him
hollow, empty. So sad.
The narration is quite simply, PERFECT! The voice of Hadley makes all the difference,
The emotion is so moving.
YES! but I couldn't.
Fabulous shot of history from a different angle.
I didn't really have a favorite character in the book--I didn't really get interested in them because there was little depth to them.
I'm not a big fan of her rather pleading voice. I have heard her before.
Hemingway's wife--the main character and the focus of the story. Why? Because she put up with him!
I stuck it out until the end, but the whole thing was pretty much a bore and a waste of time. I wouldn't recommend it.
I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.
When this book came out, I wasn't at all interested in reading it as it is a novel. It got very good reviews though and after it had stayed on some of the better best selling lists for about a year, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, as I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I am a big Hemingway fan and have read all of his books as well as many books about him. This novel is a pretty accurate portrayal of this period in Hemingway's life. I think that of his four marriages, his marriage to Hadley was the best. I loved reading about their early days in Paris and all the famous people that they met. It was an exciting time for both of them and where his career really started.
Carrington MacDuffie did a good job with the narration, although I did have a problem with the portrayal of Hemingway's voice. It was just too naive and innocent sounding. Although he could be immature and childish throughout his life I don't think his voice would ever come across quite like it did in this reading. Small complaint though as overall it was such a good read.
I would recommend it to someone who is interested in turn of the century novels. Great Gatsbyesque.
The death of hadley's parents.
When they made love before the wedding.
Yes. I love listening to books while cook. Poured myself a glass of wine and baked some zucchini bread, followed by some fritters and spaghetti Filipino style :)
Hadley herself is quite nondescript but everyone else brings the book alive.
This book was worth reading, but it won't stand out in my mind for the future. Learning what happens in the real world of standard artists is interesting to me. So if you like that too, and you like to compare the historical realities of former times to what is current, this is good.