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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The vocal performance by John Slattery was the best I've heard, and well suited to the material. I'd wanted to read this for some time and put it off, because war. I only decided to buy it because it was an opportunity to have Roger Sterling read me a bedtime story. I quickly got hooked and even listened during workouts. So much goes unsaid in this heartbreaking work, which made the emotional ending hit me like a freight train in the night.
incredible story. great narration but I wish the swear words hadn't been edited out. it deprives the listener of a few moments of added emphasis and punctuation on a thought.
This story was the first classic I have consumed that has truly captivated me in its delivery. I do not know if it's Hemmingway's simple stark storytelling or the Narrator's timing and delivery that enthralled me first, but I quickly found myself absorbed in this little gem. Add to it the parallels to Hemmingway's time in the war and you can truly see why this is considered an American Classic. I was recommending it by the 2nd part to friends and family as a must read but it stands out even more so being read to you.
Hemingway was perfect. I loved it. The narration was excellent as well. the narrator's voice was perfectly subdued and had great tone and accent variation for the different characters.
I don't think I have ever enjoyed an author as much as Hemingway! The story was engaging and well written. there were moments I was seriously concerned about the main character. I mean concerned the way you would be for a close friend. I was fully enjoying the character development. Also the voice actor was so smooth and accurate. I was very sad when something happened to some of the side characters because I liked their voices so much. .
I really liked the performance of John Slattery, his dragging voice really fit Hemmingway's writing style and added to the listening experience.
The story itself of the excitement, tragedies and dissolutions of war and love is as current today as it was when it was written.
"Farewell to a good listen"
A great book damaged by poor reading. The monotonous narration leaves this lifeless. Conversations are particularly dead. A disappointment.
The experience has taught me to listen to the preview of each download now.
"Narrator performs book"
For many chapters I couldn't get over the impression that this was a take-off of Hemmingway's style. The 'Janet and John' style, as it sounds to UK listeners (of a certain age). But, Hemmingway builds his characters from conversation - the way they talk - and this narrator almost converts the book to a play at some points. I loved the conversation (soliloquy, since the narrator is talking to himself) where he asks himself 'what if his lover/girlfriend dies (in childbirth)'. I can't imagine how it would look on a page - but played by this actor... really something.
"In Another Accent"
John Slattery does a fine job narrating Hemingway's classic novel. He gets the balance between the hard-bitten laconic tone of the narrative, from the terse war reflections to the suppressed pain at the end. He negotiates the accents (American, Italian, English, Scottish, Swiss) convincingly. I read the text alongside the audio and I thought Slattery's reading brought out tones and inflections I might have missed on the page.
The narrator, Frederic Henry, dominates the novel. It's his take on the events he recounts.
In addition to Henry's narrative voice, I liked the way Slattery realised the Italian characters. He did not resort to the stereotype caricatures that an inferior reader might have attempted in order to play to the gallery.
It is too dense a work for a single sitting. The reading makes the listener want to sit and reflect on scenes and chapters.
One of Hemingway's enduring qualities is that he writes on the page the way his narrators would speak. There are several good readings available. William Hurt's reading of The Sun Also Rises is top quality. Stacy Keach's readings of the short stories are excellent. It's a pity that Alexander Scourby's readings of the stories appear to be out of the catalogue, but you can still enjoy his reading of The Great Gatsby, which is masterly. John Slattery's reading of A Farewell To Arms is in the same league.
"No one besides Hemingway"
It's so wonderful to listen to this novel. You hear every word, every tone - when you read you can miss a lot. John Slattery gives life to the - on the surface - subdued lovestory. On my Top Ten!
"Amazing. One of hemingways best"
The naration corresponded well with the storyline. The choice of narator was very good. amazing book. amazing story. i loved it
"Darling it pains me!!!!"
I kept waiting for this story to take off but it repeated words and sentences continually . With the praise so high and the legendary status of Hemingway I am so disappointed .
I would recommend that this is not used to waste your time. There are many many books old and new that give you amazing journeys across war torn Europe with characters that have depth .
I am truly disappointed.
"Dull dull dull"
Have tried to like this story after visiting Hemingway House and feeling like I must be missing the point. Clearly I have missed the point. It's a long and quite dull tale within which not much happens for a very long time, and the narrator's voice lulls me to sleep. Not great for a driving companion! So, have given up. Some things are not meant to be.
"A beautiful story beautifully told"
John Slattery's portrayal of an american medic serving with the Italian infantry in WW2 is just so lovely. He inhabits the Hemingway character perfectly. I was so hooked I barely stopped listening from start to finish.
The relationship between Henry and Barkley is subtle, beautiful and so moving.
"This one has legs?but not wings"
The myth of Hemingway the man and the Boy?s Own nature of his subject-matter sometimes obscures the reader?s ability to evaluate his style and the quality of his prose. I remember years ago his short staccato style being described as having the purity of a clean mountain stream. He is primarily a story teller and does this by retreating as a writer and hiding behind the scenery delivering enough words to get us quickly through the plot. And it is the plot that is the point.
Interesting enough as a story, but the price paid is evident in the interplay between Lieutenant Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley which remains two dimensional.
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