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Nick

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  • Green Hills of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Josh Lucas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    His second major venture into nonfiction (after Death in the Afternoon, 1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife, Pauline, journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with - big-game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip.

    Nick says: "A Life Well Lived"
    "A Life Well Lived"
    Overall

    Hemingway's account of a Kudu hunting safari in Africa between the wars is not one of his better-known works. But his ability to let the reader experience events through Hemingway's own senses is as strong as ever. This is a mesmerising story. I found the narration a little brisk for my liking, and slowed it down with the iPod software.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick."

    Charles says: "A Long Trip Through Bull Fighting"
    "A Life Well Lived"
    Overall

    Hemingway's precise writing style adapts well to an audio book. The narrator's voice suits Hemingway's tone of intellectual machismo and handles the Spanish pronounciation of people and place names with aplomb. The book is a superb description of bullfighting between the wars. I wonder what Hemingway would have made of today's danger sports?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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