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A Farewell to Arms Audiobook

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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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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    G. Ladner Succasunna, NJ United States 03-31-15
    G. Ladner Succasunna, NJ United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Boring"

    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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    Dana 03-29-15
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    "Classic Hemingway"

    Classic Hemingway writing. If you like Hemingway you will certainly love this book. The narration was SO GOOD. It was all together just a lovely experience.

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    Taylar 03-05-15
    Taylar 03-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice to listen to"

    I liked the voices the guy did. I liked listening to this book rather than reading it.

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    john 01-31-15
    john 01-31-15
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    "Struggled to finish."

    I thought there was too much repetitive and trivial conversation. I. almost gave up on finishing the book a couple of times.

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    FCRH5 01-30-15
    FCRH5 01-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Really Good"

    Narration was phenomenal. Not sure why the censored the curse words. It didn't hurt the story, just struck a cord with censorship.

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    Teddy H. North Hollywood 01-14-15
    Teddy H. North Hollywood 01-14-15 Member Since 2013

    Avid listener. Lover of stories and story tellers!

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    "before my time?"

    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.

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    Javier Sandoval 12-17-14
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    "The voice of the female character ruins it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Farewell to Arms to be better than the print version?

    Nope.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ernest Hemingway? Why or why not?

    Hemingway is the best! Loved For Whom the Bell Tolls.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The voice of the English female sounds ridiculous. It ruins any romance between the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at the female voice immediately. Pretty bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I also don't think this is Hemingway's best story. Sun Also Rises introduced his style to the world. For Whom the Bell Tolls proved he could write an interesting plot. But Farewell to Arms is pretty bland and boring. Not as much action as For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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    Trevor Paso Robles, CA, United States 12-02-14
    Trevor Paso Robles, CA, United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent Author, Excellent Performance"

    Excellent book and excellent performance.

    As a young American I am blown away by Ernest Hemingway. I have read The Sun Also Rises and I spark noted The Old Man and the Sea in High School, and I was very impressed. This led me to A Farewell to Arms. The story follows a young American ambulance corp officer in the Italian army, and his love affair with a nurse. Though it is brief, it is very satisfying and exemplary of Hemingway's stoic method of writing.

    John Slattery, or as I knew him before this book, Roger Sterling, speaks with authority and ease throughout the book. His voice is appropriately casual for Hemingway. He speaks as if he has spent a good amount of his own time reading the book. His accents are excellent to my untrained american ears, and his women are appropriately feminine. His performance is what other narrators should aspire to, and I hope it is indicative of a coming trend of more prominent screen actors narrating their favorite books.

    Definitely worth the credit!

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    Stephen 06-29-14
    Stephen 06-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Farewell to Arms - Typicall Hemingway"

    Buy, but not an urgent buy.

    Story: The story is good but it is anticlimactic. The writing is better and the story presents life on a different WWI front.

    Production: The reader is excellent; he makes the characters all believable: men, women, English, American, Italian, etc.

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    constance 06-10-14
    constance 06-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "John Slattery & Earnest Hemingway, perfect match!"
    Where does A Farewell to Arms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    John Slattery is amazing, doing all of the voices himself


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flows beautifully, he is the actor as reader.


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

    All of them are so distinct.


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

    Great story! It's Hemingway, for heaven's sake.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this, john Slattery took me by surprise.

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