Echoing what's been said before, the narration unfortunately ruins the book. If you know the story of Hadley and Hem, it's fraught with melancholy that simply can't be communicated by the narrator. Most of her sentences end with a slight raising of the voice, making each line sound as if it's completely shocking and possibly the punchline of terrible joke. It reminds me of the way a mother would read to a child - over-animated and juvenile. This is coupled with what I think of as a "Connecticut Boarding School" tone of voice that is very affected. The story is good, but almost impossible to enjoy in this format.
Marriage to Ernest Hemingway would be the ultimate challenge. Combine his personality and restleness with Hadley's insecurities and dependency is to realize there can be nothing other than a turmulous outcome. Their relationship was not fun to read about but hearing about the people ( Stein, Pound, Fitzgeralds) living in Paris at the same time makes this book.
It was a book club book. I don't think I would have finished it if it were a printed book. I personally am not a Heminway fan and the foreshadowing is a little heavy in this book. (
if they want a glimpse of what Hemingway's life was like in the early years then yes, but otherwise no, especially if you don't like bull fighting which I detest.
Ok but not riveting. Needs to learn Spanish pronunciation.
I would rent the DVD so I could skip the bull fighting.
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 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 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.
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looki ng for another of her books for next "read"
she creates a lovely world.. pain and all... makes you value your own more.