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.
This is the first auditory book that has kept me interested. Until now I have found more comfort in reading a book. Ms. MacDuffie's reading of
The vivid details of a happy marriage and of its demise. Also brought back memories of the Paris I visited on many occasions.
Outstanding. Well done!
Told from the point of view of Hemingway's first wife, this is an interesting embellishment on what we already know about Hemingway. Certainly the dialog is fictional, but it seems real and beleivable. Well read and very real.
A wonderful narration of a marvelous story of unique people during a period when American culture began to awaken on the streets and in the cafes of Paris.
Ernest Hemingway is another of those truly talented people whose success results in great part from those with whom he shares his life experiences.
This was my first, but she was marvelous!
I'm not the type to ever want to complete an enjoyable experience in one sitting. It's much better to savor the experience.
For anyone who loves Hemingway and the Lost Generation, this book is a wonderful imagining of what it must have been like to be there and the emotional journey that went along with being the wife of a figure like Ernest Hemingway in the early days. Other than a few clunky attempts at pronouncing French names and places, the narration is fantastic and does the story justice. This book made me want to re-read A Moveable Feast and many other classics of the Lost Generation (Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms, here I come!).