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!).
At first I wasn't too keen on this book but was listening to it as part of a book club. However, as time went on the book offered a unique view into a very important creative era in which the players were active participants in that creation. Final estimation; worth it.
The reader was way too girlie and never seemed real.
While my wife is the official member of Audible, I'm the one who uses it. McLain seems like a writer who appeals to women more than men. I can connect with an author regardless of gender, but if it feels too girlie, adios.
Disappointment. I just finished listening to
After about four hours into the book I decided not to continue. It was a combination of the my dislike for the reader and the realization that Hemmingway was an arrogant jerk, about whom I'd heard enough from in
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
Entertaining...good story. This is a very user friendly novel. Interesting if you like history but I'm not sure how much is stone cold fact. Still fascinated me in way though.