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A Farewell to Arms Audiobook

A Farewell to Arms

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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
    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2016

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 08-26-16
    Barbara 08-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "memories "

    brought back memories of when I first read this as a student ,very enjoyable indeed.

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    Logan 08-25-16
    Logan 08-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good until the end."

    Great story until the end. The ending was greatly dragged out and boring, with much of it degrading the emotional ending.

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    marian 08-11-16
    marian 08-11-16
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    "Poor narration"

    The only audio Hemingway worth getting is what is read by Stacy Keach. Keach blows all other Hemingway narrators away. Keach makes all other narrators unlistenable.

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    Ryan 07-20-16
    Ryan 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Story, questionable narration."

    I'm reluctant to rate the story itself to avoid spoiling the story. In addition, I can't imagine I could summarize the story anty etter than how it is in side notes or back covers.I did feel prompted to leave feedback primarily on the narration provided by John Slattery. I don't mean to imply that anything he did was inaccurate or poorly done (though note much profanity was censored). My only complaint was the voice he gives to some of the dialogue. It just seemed that a lot of the things characters say are open to multiple interpretations and I don't always agree with his choices. Hemingway is known, especially in this book, to leave many things open for the reader to decide how they feel or read certain scenes or events, and Slattery seems to do a job on making those decisions. And, again, sometimes I feel he's off the mark. He has a great voice and diction for the book, and as such I would still recommend this edition. I first just wanted to mention the censorship and dialogue approaches first.

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    Morgan Tienhaara 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slattery...that is all"

    Slattery kills it. The book is best on audio. The ending felt rushed and unsatisfying

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    Carl Vermeulen 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I don't get what all the fuss is about."

    I didn't enjoy this book at all. I'm very disappointed, I don't get the fuss about Hemingway. I thought I'd be a fan but it seems I'm not.

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    Denise 09-09-15
    Denise 09-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't enjoy it"

    It was difficult completing the book. Plot was flat and characters uninteresting. Narrator sounded monotonous as well.

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    Grace Peddler 08-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Why?"

    I can't quite figure out why this book is an enduring classic. The story was average and the characters were flat and uninteresting.

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  • James
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom
    12/16/07
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    "Farewell to a good listen"

    A great book damaged by poor reading. The monotonous narration leaves this lifeless. Conversations are particularly dead. A disappointment.
    The experience has taught me to listen to the preview of each download now.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Corstjens
    9/6/12
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    "Narrator performs book"

    For many chapters I couldn't get over the impression that this was a take-off of Hemmingway's style. The 'Janet and John' style, as it sounds to UK listeners (of a certain age). But, Hemmingway builds his characters from conversation - the way they talk - and this narrator almost converts the book to a play at some points. I loved the conversation (soliloquy, since the narrator is talking to himself) where he asks himself 'what if his lover/girlfriend dies (in childbirth)'. I can't imagine how it would look on a page - but played by this actor... really something.

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  • john
    Haddington, United Kingdom
    3/31/14
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    "In Another Accent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Farewell to Arms to be better than the print version?

    John Slattery does a fine job narrating Hemingway's classic novel. He gets the balance between the hard-bitten laconic tone of the narrative, from the terse war reflections to the suppressed pain at the end. He negotiates the accents (American, Italian, English, Scottish, Swiss) convincingly. I read the text alongside the audio and I thought Slattery's reading brought out tones and inflections I might have missed on the page.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, Frederic Henry, dominates the novel. It's his take on the events he recounts.


    Which character – as performed by John Slattery – was your favourite?

    In addition to Henry's narrative voice, I liked the way Slattery realised the Italian characters. He did not resort to the stereotype caricatures that an inferior reader might have attempted in order to play to the gallery.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is too dense a work for a single sitting. The reading makes the listener want to sit and reflect on scenes and chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    One of Hemingway's enduring qualities is that he writes on the page the way his narrators would speak. There are several good readings available. William Hurt's reading of The Sun Also Rises is top quality. Stacy Keach's readings of the short stories are excellent. It's a pity that Alexander Scourby's readings of the stories appear to be out of the catalogue, but you can still enjoy his reading of The Great Gatsby, which is masterly. John Slattery's reading of A Farewell To Arms is in the same league.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jytte
    Gedved, Denmark
    8/13/11
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    "No one besides Hemingway"

    It's so wonderful to listen to this novel. You hear every word, every tone - when you read you can miss a lot. John Slattery gives life to the - on the surface - subdued lovestory. On my Top Ten!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PAUL LEONARD
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    2/25/16
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    "Darling it pains me!!!!"

    I kept waiting for this story to take off but it repeated words and sentences continually . With the praise so high and the legendary status of Hemingway I am so disappointed .
    I would recommend that this is not used to waste your time. There are many many books old and new that give you amazing journeys across war torn Europe with characters that have depth .
    I am truly disappointed.

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  • Debbie
    United Kingdom
    12/29/15
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    "Dull dull dull"

    Have tried to like this story after visiting Hemingway House and feeling like I must be missing the point. Clearly I have missed the point. It's a long and quite dull tale within which not much happens for a very long time, and the narrator's voice lulls me to sleep. Not great for a driving companion! So, have given up. Some things are not meant to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan N Smith
    7/20/15
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    "A beautiful story beautifully told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Farewell to Arms to be better than the print version?

    John Slattery's portrayal of an american medic serving with the Italian infantry in WW2 is just so lovely. He inhabits the Hemingway character perfectly. I was so hooked I barely stopped listening from start to finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Farewell to Arms?

    The relationship between Henry and Barkley is subtle, beautiful and so moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom
    9/13/08
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    "This one has legs?but not wings"

    The myth of Hemingway the man and the Boy?s Own nature of his subject-matter sometimes obscures the reader?s ability to evaluate his style and the quality of his prose. I remember years ago his short staccato style being described as having the purity of a clean mountain stream. He is primarily a story teller and does this by retreating as a writer and hiding behind the scenery delivering enough words to get us quickly through the plot. And it is the plot that is the point.
    Interesting enough as a story, but the price paid is evident in the interplay between Lieutenant Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley which remains two dimensional.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful

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