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 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.
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.
Rinaldi!!!! He's so rad!! "Bay-be!"
Romance, Adventure and Sorrow.
I love how well he acted out the parts! His voice was so perfect for Hemingway; it's exactly how I imagine he sounded.
Any fool can know something the point is to understand!
Great story with a Hemingway finish but did not enjoy the reading as it came across a bit flat.
Yes, I have listened to it about 4 times now.
I think my favorite character was probably Catherine Barkley. She just seems like the perfect woman to me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wish there were a book two. I didn't want it to end.
A little bit of action, a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense and an ending that won't be forgotten.
Loved it. Really puts life into perspective.
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.
I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.
Very moving story, superbly told. I really enjoyed the accents, but also the way he captures the first person.
This is my favorite Hemingway story.
The innocence of young adulthood is smashed by the horror and chaos of war.
John Slattery narrates this story with elegance and skill. His ability to mimic an Italian accent, a British accent and a Scottish accent really made the story come alive.
I would definately recommend this book to a friend. It was gripping, moving, and sad.
When the two main characters escaped from Italy to Switzerland during a snow storm on a small boat over a lake.
We had not listen to any other John Slattery perfomances on book, although we watched his performance on TV, Madman, and we absolutely love him. What an excellent narrator!
Be prepared for a sad ending that sticks with you for a couple of days. John Slattery did such an excellent job narrating, my husband and I felt we had watched a movie.
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