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Jeff

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  • True at First Light: A Fictional Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Brian Dennehy
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    A blend of autobiography and fiction, the book opens on the day his close friend, Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves Ernest in charge of the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe. Drama continues to build as his wife, Mary, pursues the great black-maned lion that has become her obsession. Spicing his depictions of human longings with sharp humor, Hemingway captures the excitement of big-game hunting and the unparalleled beauty of the scenery.

    Dr. says: "Sad last book"
    "Good match of author and narrator"
    Overall

    A serious Hemingway fan, I have been unable to read this book from beginning to end. Dennehy's flat voice is a perfect match to the often self-parody prose of the novel. As a captive audience of one as I commute each day, I have found that the audiobook has made it possible to enjoy this book in a way that the novel itself does not.
    (None of the foreign words Hemingway employs really make or break any plot points, but it's worth checking the glossary at the end of the print edition for a fuller understanding of his pidgin-Swahili.)

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