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A Farewell to Arms Audiobook

A Farewell to Arms

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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
    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.

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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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