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A Farewell to Arms | [Ernest Hemingway]

A Farewell to Arms

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.
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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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    Keith COLUMBIA, SC, United States 11-10-12
    Keith COLUMBIA, SC, United States 11-10-12
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    "Great introduction to audio books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would; as a busy college kid who has time between walking and driving to classes, listening to an assigned text proved a great way to catch up on time and assignments. John Slattery did a great job narrating too (and I was surprised to hear him on Mad Men and the new Bethesda video game Dishonored...)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was told to get ready for depressing stories when reading Hemingway but that his descriptions of settings and characters bring a lot of life from the text. Friends were right and the whole world war 1 setting proved to provide some interesting conflicts and characters throughout.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending, although sad, really has you pulled in and (maybe a bit angrily) reflecting on what just happened.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Great job for a first time audible user! I'll keep subscribed for a bit.

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    Derek McDow sacramento 11-05-12
    Derek McDow sacramento 11-05-12 Member Since 2006

    Reading books is what I live for.

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    "Consistently Monotonous"

    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.

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    dawn 09-26-12
    dawn 09-26-12
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    "Best narration I've heard to date!"
    If you could sum up A Farewell to Arms in three words, what would they be?

    descriptive, pessimistic, realistic


    What other book might you compare A Farewell to Arms to and why?

    Anything by Hemingway in terms of his style.


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

    All were fantastic! But probably Rinaldi was my favorite performance.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    John Slattery should have more!

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    Kathy Ca, CA, United States 09-14-12
    Kathy Ca, CA, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best audiobook experience I've ever had"
    Would you listen to A Farewell to Arms again? Why?

    The performance. John Slattery does ALL the different accents in dialogue in such a wonderful and lively way.

    He captures the apathetic narrative voice that Hemingway is so famous for quite skillfully. (Side note: it only occurred to me after listening to this that Roger Sterling from Mad Men could be a Hemingway character.)

    The novel is great on it's own, but this is a whole other experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration. Typical Hemingway. It's an acquired taste, and some people might find it boring or unemotional and cut off, but that's the point. He's making a point about how war impacts us at all levels, whether we acknowledge it or not.

    For me , this is a five star text, but I gave it four stars because I know a lot of people would probably think it doesn't move fast enough.

    BUT John Slattery's performance should more than make up for that.


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

    Rinaldi!!!! He's so rad!! "Bay-be!"


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    Madeline APO, AP, United States 08-20-12
    Madeline APO, AP, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Great Reading of a Classic"
    If you could sum up A Farewell to Arms in three words, what would they be?

    Romance, Adventure and Sorrow.


    What about John Slattery’s performance did you like?

    I love how well he acted out the parts! His voice was so perfect for Hemingway; it's exactly how I imagine he sounded.


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    John Algonquin, IL, United States 07-09-12
    John Algonquin, IL, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011

    A book commits suicide every time you watch Jersey Shore!

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    "Did not enjoy the reading as much as the story"

    Great story with a Hemingway finish but did not enjoy the reading as it came across a bit flat.

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    Jon EVANSTON, IL, United States 07-09-12
    Jon EVANSTON, IL, United States 07-09-12
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    "Amazing performance"
    Would you listen to A Farewell to Arms again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to it about 4 times now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my favorite character was probably Catherine Barkley. She just seems like the perfect woman to me.


    What does John Slattery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Slattery is a tour de force in this. He does so many accents and they are all spot on. I was impressed with his scottish accent for Catherine's friend and his very "American" accent for one of the nurses. It seemed like he did at least 8 or 9 accents though I lost count. His reading of a female voice was really honest. He didn't add any flourishes that weren't necessary to the characters.

    Yes, this is an amazing book, but hearing it read well is just a dream. I bookmarked dozens of parts and listen to them from time to time when I'm in my car.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending is quite hard to listen to because of the drama. But there are so many cute parts between Mr. Henry and Ms. Barkley. When she's "cleaning him out" before his surgery, I love their discussion.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing about the Android App. If you delete the book to make room for other books, and then redownload it, the bookmarks you created are deleted. Horrible!

    But this book is amazing and the reading by John Slattery is so good. This is a MUST READ if you've never listened to an audio book. I wish I could find more books that Mr. Slattery has read.

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    billie United States 05-01-12
    billie United States 05-01-12
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    "Oldie but goodie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Farewell to Arms to be better than the print version?

    Not my usual pick. The story was during war time, but it was very romantic. No filth. I have listened to the book over and over. I always hear something new to think about. I miss the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were a book two. I didn't want it to end.

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    Weishaar 04-29-12
    Weishaar 04-29-12
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    "Top Shelf!"
    If you could sum up A Farewell to Arms in three words, what would they be?

    A little bit of action, a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense and an ending that won't be forgotten.


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

    The ending.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. Really puts life into perspective.

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    James Atlantic Beach, FL, United States 04-18-12
    James Atlantic Beach, FL, United States 04-18-12
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    "You will speak differently for days."

    I hesitate to attempt a review of such a classic work. I shall only say that after listening to this book I attempted to speak for an entire day without using a contraction or passive voice. It was enlightening.

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