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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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    bailey 11-03-16
    bailey 11-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A wonderful book"

    Hemingway's storytelling is iconic. I can't stop listening. The narration was perfect and I feel like I will miss this book for a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas N. 10-10-16
    Douglas N. 10-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant narration"

    First, the censorship isn't an issue. From what I've read the book itself was censored and is still published that way, so it follows that the audio would be also. Skipping over the few swear words didn't ruin the flow to me.

    The narration is perfect. Brilliant. He brings life to Italian characters and others, and the slight dramatization is never tedious. It's great.

    Hemingway wrote a great book. It's not as much a war story as it is a story that takes place during a time of war. It's follows the life of a soldier but it doesn't linger on battles. It might linger on the love story, becoming maybe a touch too romantic at times, but it always gets reeled back in, and the story is always interesting.
    And of course, it's full of wine and wit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2017

    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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    Josh Telfer 02-20-17
    Josh Telfer 02-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Well-written but lacking integrity"
    What would have made A Farewell to Arms better?

    Having multiple voice actors would have been nice as many of the Italian male characters sounded the same and the female characters sounded masculine.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Hemingway’s story?

    The takeaway.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Slattery’s performances?

    More likely if it is a narrated story that does not involved voice acting.


    What character would you cut from A Farewell to Arms?

    All the characters fit the story. None.


    Any additional comments?

    May hold reader's attention well and may be great for Hemingway fans, but not a very beneficial story... written well and entertaining. Not a book worth re-reading for personal edification.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 02-16-17
    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 02-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Still a classic. Still moving."

    I went into reading this book like I approach vegetables: I really ought to do this. However, this book turned out to be spaghetti squash: quirky, but tasty and surprisingly satisfying.

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    Jonathan R. Lane 02-13-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Unique"

    Ernest Hemingway has a very unique writing style that seems to be pretty hit or miss. I do not know if I would have enjoyed this book without it being read aloud. The story is as much a love story as it is a war story.

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    Amazon Customer 02-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Should be read the way it was written"

    Didn't like the fact the language was changed to remove any swear words. It should be read the way the author wrote it. Otherwise it would have received 5 stars. Next Hemingway audio book I purchase will be from another publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    me 01-09-17
    me 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "not for me"

    very unlikeable characters, idle meaningless chatter, and alcoholism. that's the story. then again I'm not a romanist, so this book in general wasn't a good one for me. depends on what you like in a book.

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    Steve 12-30-16
    Steve 12-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great classic story."

    Really enjoyed the narration. Especially the accents. Lots of drama but a sad way to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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