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.
Drawing in part upon The Sun Also Rises and other Hemingway books and stories, the author creates an enaging story about his youth and marriage to first wife Hadley, from her point of view. Great sense of place, not only in Paris but also other locations in France and in Spain.
I found this book stunningly "girly". My wife loved it. I quit halfway through. I had hoped to learn more about EH. It was much too much, "how girls chase boys", for my taste.
It was interesting reading about the early years of Hemingway and his first wife. The author gave a great description of the characters and the era. How true it was, I don't know, but it did hold my interest. It made me want to explore Hemingway's works.
This is a compelling story of Ernest Hemingway's relationship with his first wife, Hadley. The author invites the reader into the psyche of each of the characters in this fascinating account of life in Paris in the 20's.
As read by the narrator, poor Hadley comes across as whiney, juvenile and someone I wouldn't wish on anyone--even E. Hemingway. Her "true and brave" statements were delivered in a Shirley Temple-esque style. Cute in a young child but from an adult? I have a feeling the narrator is the reason I ended the book with little sympathy for Hadley, but I'll need to wait awhile before I buy the book to confirm.