A life that I can only gaze upon and all that but a really great story! The narration by Carrington MacDuffie was also very good. I recommend this audiobook!
I enjoyed listening to this book and had no problem with the reader. In fact when it comes to the French language I love how the words sound. The story was interesting almost a back story to Ernest. Now, I'm listening to his books.
Charming story about Ernest Hemingway's first wife and their life in and around Paris prior to World War II.Great insights into Hemingway's character with a surpsrising ending (for me anyway).
The kind of book that stays with you long after.
Makes reading Hemingway now like looking in on an old friend.
I have to disagree with the other reviewers, I think the narrator is fine. After all, she can only work with the material she is given. I think the story is really interesting, but the writing is not so great. The imagery is trite and the dialogue feels stiff (especially the main character). The content of the book is what makes it a good listen.
Susan-discerning reader with limited attention span
I thought this was sort of biographical and true. I thought it was girly gibberish. Don't bother listening to it. I quit after 7 chapters. It was just boring.
I got so tired of this audiobook by 3/4 of the way for one sad reason: the hole in the middle of it where the central character should be. In the author's rendition (and the narrator's cartoony voice) Hadley Richardson comes across as mousey, bland, passive, nearly invisible.
Friends in my book group raised the question: Was that simply how she was? I doubt it. Hemingway's own account of her in "A Moveable Feast" conveys a woman he loved dearly and trusted as a peer (until he lost his rudder in the storms of fame, at least). I suspect she was a much more lively, independent-minded woman than McClain portrays - but if she really was such a passive mouse, she makes an odd choice for the central character of a novel. The insights I wanted into the woman who was Hemingway's first and arguably deepest love, who loved him long before he was famous and long after, are unfortunately few and thin.
This book had such a great love story. The imagery created by the author is outstanding. I found myself completely involved in the book and recommending it to anyone who love a good romance or history.
Two associates suggested this book--a big disapppointment; read the real thing instead---Hemingway or AE Hochtner
The narrator does a fabulous job of taking you through the story. I enjoyed this as my on the go, on the treadmill, cleaning up around the house book, but it's so much more than that. I will suggest it for my book club. I'm dying to talk about it with someone.