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.
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.
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.
The narrator of this book was incredible, reading nice and clear while giving the characters the accent of their native land. As much as I hate to say this about a book, the reader was the best part of this experience. It was really a shame that someone with his talent wasted over 8 hours of reading on something this bland.
If I had to choose, I'd pick the drunken robots Hemingway chose for his characters. They're all bland spoken drunks who all seem to have the same conversation over and over.
The last sentence because the torture was over
I would have scrapped the book entirely.
The only thing that could make this a classic is its age. I'd rather read a dictionary for a story. This "story" had a slow progression only because Hemingway repeated details of the least importance constantly. He probably cared more about getting paid by the word than making a good story. The romance was unappealing and somewhat sexist. The first paragraph of this book is the same sentence repeated in a different way. Despite being in a war, there was no action. When people are killed the tone remains the same. I felt nothing towards any part of this book. Biggest waste of time. -10/10
the first book of Hemingways that I have listened to. the narration is very good, which is why I stuck with it. but the story ran dry and felt no connection with the characters.
I loved For whom the Bell Tolls, so I was surprised at how dull and boring the story was here. And the performance made it hard for me to think these two cared much for each other at all. Disappointed.
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