The five stars says it all. The story though is the typical story of the up & comer future star and the love of his life and all the pitfalls they encounter in keeping a relationship together. The road to success is hard enough without trying to get there living in the fast lane of life which only leads this Paris wife to loneliness & self-doubt while being married to a sick, selfish, self-centered alcoholic. She comes out above it all in the end a strong, independent woman who finds herself & her self-worth despite it all.
I throughly enjoyed this story. Of course I had read Hemingway many years ago, but did not know much about his personal life. This was a wonderful peek into that life and the atmosphere of Paris during that time. I thought the narrator did a super job of creating an auditory picture.
Slow....interesting, but I found myself drifting off thinking about other things while listening. There wasn't enough movement in the story. There was no noticeable growth...not really. I wanted an exciting read. It wasn't.
I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting portrait of Hemingway and of the artistic community of Americans in Paris in the post-World War I era. Told from an interesting perspective, it offers insights into the life of an important author and the early influences on his writing.
I liked the perspective of the story being written from Hadley Hemmingway's point of view. As with many geniuses, Earnest Hemmingway was a troubled man and those around him were made to suffer too. Though this is a fictional autobiography, I found it to be enlightening and very enjoyable.
I just listened to this and really enjoyed it. The story is both sweet and bitter. The narrator is very good. I really got the feeling for the crowd, the time, the life of the Hemmingway's and their friends. it's a nice, easy read, pretty easy to keep track of all the characters. I recommend listening.
I found I struggled a little after about the half way point because not a lot seemed to be happening. Once I finished the book, I realized that there was a great deal happening in a subtle way! I really enjoyed this book. Carrington MacDuffie was extremely easy to listen to and to believe!
I loved that these are real people, not just characters in a story. I also loved listening to the narrator Carrington MacDuffie. She made the characters stand out and very personal.
For me, it was the courtship of Hadley and Ernest. The young love, the new relationship and learning new things about each other as the listener/reader learned as well.
I loved her voice for Ernest Hemingway. When she spoke in "his" voice, I felt like he was there with me. The same for Hadley. I could hear emotion in her voice, joy & disappointment. Very enjoyable.
Definitely would be Hadley. She had so much more to offer than she let herself believe.
Actually, I believe the best part was when I listened for the second time! On the first go around, I learned the story. On the second time listening, I learned the characters better, their relationhip better, and the book just seemed to come alive. I recommend listening to The Paris Wife, twice.