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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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.
Hemingway is the best! Loved For Whom the Bell Tolls.
The voice of the English female sounds ridiculous. It ruins any romance between the characters.
I laughed at the female voice immediately. Pretty bad.
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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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!
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.
John Slattery is amazing, doing all of the voices himself
Flows beautifully, he is the actor as reader.
All of them are so distinct.
Great story! It's Hemingway, for heaven's sake.
Loved this, john Slattery took me by surprise.
I haven't read the print version.
Everything. This was wondrous, sprawling, and ultimately heartbreaking.
No, but this one made me immediately search for other performances by him and I was disappointed to find so few.
Yes, without question. Nobody writes like Hemingway. And A Farewell to Arms is a wonderful example of Hemingway's beautiful writing style.
The love story and descriptions of life in WWI Italy.
Most interesting - how was the love story going to end?
Least interesting - detailed updates from the "front".
Reconfirm my desire to visit Italy.
I would. I really enjoyed John Slattery's performance, and the characters are believable and real and sad.
I really like character development more than plot, and the people in this story seemed well-rounded, believable, complex in their motivations, and varied. Having said that, there were plenty of plot developments as well.
He has a great voice, and he deals with the Italian well. He also doesn't overdo emotion in his narration, which is particularly well suited for the narrating character.
Don't want to spoil it, but the ending.
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