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.
If you want a story that is one big alcoholic romp... and a boring love story. then listen to this book. I was bored to death!
This is a wonderfully written book, and the narrator is perfect, she's does all the characters beautifully. It starts out a bit slow, but stick with it, because after a while, you don't want to stop listening.
Not well read...irritating...yawn.
I didn't read reviews...I was in a rush. Don't judge a book on it's cover.
Mommy of Pookies
I am a huge Hemingway fan and my favorite is A Sun Also Rises. I listened to the audio book A Sun Also Rises and this immediatly after and that made is much more interesting. I loved finding out where the character Brett came from, how Hadley felt not being part of the novel and how she was involved with Hemingway. I knew Hemingway was a womanizing drunk going into this, it was just interesting to hear how it effected her life. I did find the reader to be a little whiney, but I think that is what she was trying to get across. Very good listen!