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A Farewell to Arms | [Ernest Hemingway]

A Farewell to Arms

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.
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Publisher's Summary

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

Hemingway's frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto, of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized, is one of the greatest moments in literary history.

A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.

©1929 Charles Scribner's Sons. Copyright renewed ©1957 Ernest Hemingway; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Steven 11-29-11
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    "It's a classic story!"

    Hemingway's rich description is, I believe, the key to his work. It make you feel like you are there. The grit and horrer of war are well documented but at the same time the humanity of the characters comes through. The ending...well...I won't go there but one comes away with a strong sense of the futility of war.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Not what I expected"

    John Slattery did an excellent job in narrating the book. I had read "The Modern Scholar: WW1" by John Ramsden and he Listed "A Farewell To Arms" on the reading list and said it covered the fighting between Italy and Austria in WWI. But I was disappointed because there was very little information about the war and was primarily a love story. I am not sure why Ramsden list this book on his reading list. I have enjoyed other Hemingway book so maybe my disappointment was in my expectations.

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    shane GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 11-27-11
    shane GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A farewell to arms"

    This is a love story. It does have good scenes of war from time to time but as a whole this is a love story. Personally I was hoping for more of the war side of things but I did enjoy the presentation of the characters and the overall plot of the book. It was well writen and well read. I would recomened it.

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    Heidi KILLEEN, TX, United States 11-22-11
    Heidi KILLEEN, TX, United States 11-22-11
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    "Easy listening"

    I liked the reader. He didn't drone me to sleep. It was very easy to listen along and he read at just the right pace. And his voice isn't obnoxious.

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    E. Beatty forest, VA, United States 09-17-11
    E. Beatty forest, VA, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Classic Hemingway"

    This is a classic tale of love and loss during WWI, and a must read (listen) for any fan of American literature. Slattery does an excellent job of reading the story.

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    Jennifer 08-15-11
    Jennifer 08-15-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Fabulous listen!"

    John Slattery is a wonderful narrator and I will look for many more books by him.

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    maxine Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-04-11
    maxine Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-04-11
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    "A Farewell to Arms"

    I had to read the book within a week for a English Lit. class in which I had a quiz after completion. There would have been no feasible way I could have done this if I tried to read the book without this tool. Great to listen to and I was able to visualize the settings and the characters..I received an "A" on the quiz.I will continue to order audibles. One last note the voices in the story kept me drawn to what was going to happen next.

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    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 03-31-11
    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Performance"

    I think John Slattery does a great job on this book. First, I have to admit that I first read this novel more than 40 years ago and didn't pick it up again until now. It was the first adult novel that I ever read voluntarily (by adult I mean not The Hardy Boys, etc.). I still like it even though I still remember how it ends. Second, I'm a fan of Slattery from MadMen and many other shows and movies. In this book, he often uses an Italian accent with an ease that makes me think he must have spent a few years there. He also uses at least 4 other accents at various times. It is not at all difficult to "see" Slattery as a young Hemingway during WW 1. One problem I have with Hemingway is keeping track of who is talking during long dialogues. Slattery succeeds most of the time even though I'm driving while listening. I do worry that "The Sun Also Rises" will defeat me as it did when I tried to read it as my second Hemingway.

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    fred newton SANBORNVILLE, NH, US 06-28-15
    fred newton SANBORNVILLE, NH, US 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Read The Sun Also Rises first"

    Great book, we'll narrated by John Slattery. Love his interpretation of the characters and their accents.

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    Jaxon 06-17-15
    Jaxon 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    Absolutely wonderful performance by the reader on a classic. I just don't know whether to cry or linger in disbelief at Hemingway's audacious attempt to convey meaning in such an engaging story.

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