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.
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.
Avid listener. Lover of stories and story tellers!
Can't say this was up my alley. I'm sure at the time it was written and for people who lived through the war, and for people who experienced Hemingway as he entered onto the scene, this book stood out as phenomenal. But having grown up long past the time that this book saw it's hay day, I have to say I found it kind of boring. I suppose I have no context in which to appreciate it, but, well, that is my experience.
That being said, I made it through this book. I absorbed a lot of really great moments that are scattered throughout it, and I came to a better understanding of what makes hemingway a great writer, but I would give most of the credit for this to narrator John Slattery, who made long conversations, or even longer description of day to day nothings enjoyable to listen to, simply because listening to him speak is so enjoyable. His easy going delivery, and charming characterizations, his skill in choosing which sentences were important and which to throw away, made this book for me. I will, perhaps, give it one more listen sometime down the road.
Reading books is what I live for.
Unfortunately (at least for me), Farewell to Arms is more of a readerly notch in the belt, a tick off the "to-read" list than a compelling and sustaining novel. Being a long-time Hemingway devotee and having read all of his other novels, I have to say Farewell to Arms is his weakest. That said, I still endorse reading it.
In addition to Papa's slow-plodding narrative, John Slattery doesn't do justice to the handful of high-tense moments in the story. Slattery's pace remains painfully consistent despite the obvious head-over-heals moments. In those highly charged scenes I had to actually pause the audio version, locate the spot in the physical text and read it manually to capture the quicker flow and rhythm. (For an example: listen to the mortar-shelling scene to get the idea.) Further, Slattery reads all of the characters with the same Italian tone and accent--men and women, alike. I can usually ignore this petty grievance but in this particular case the monotonous and repetitive characterizations were unavoidably annoying.
Yes, will try another of Hemingway's books to contrast his style with different story lines
Yes, did not enjoy this one as i was expecting more of a
His ability to inject the accent of each character added to the enjoyment of the story.
Less love story would have appealed to me more.
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.
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.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content