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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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    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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    gronlandic_edit 06-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible performance by John Slattery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Farewell to Arms to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. This was wondrous, sprawling, and ultimately heartbreaking.


    Have you listened to any of John Slattery’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this one made me immediately search for other performances by him and I was disappointed to find so few.


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    John B. Minnesota 12-29-13
    John B. Minnesota 12-29-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A wonderful, timeless classic"
    Would you listen to A Farewell to Arms again? Why?

    Yes, without question. Nobody writes like Hemingway. And A Farewell to Arms is a wonderful example of Hemingway's beautiful writing style.


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    richard mayo 04-01-13
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    "Dragged on, just like World War I."
    What did you like best about A Farewell to Arms? What did you like least?

    The love story and descriptions of life in WWI Italy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting - how was the love story going to end?
    Least interesting - detailed updates from the "front".


    Have you listened to any of John Slattery’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did A Farewell to Arms inspire you to do anything?

    Reconfirm my desire to visit Italy.


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    M. R. Harrah 03-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Depressing but great"
    Would you listen to A Farewell to Arms again? Why?

    I would. I really enjoyed John Slattery's performance, and the characters are believable and real and sad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Don't want to spoil it, but the ending.


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    Brian Portland, OR, United States 02-25-13
    Brian Portland, OR, United States 02-25-13
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    "John Slattery is a gifted narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A Farewell to Arms is a brilliant, deep little book written at a young age. Hemingway slaved over this semi-autobiographical novel, and John Slattery's read of it is inspired, clear, and true.

    Here's to hoping Mr. Slattery narrates more Hemingway, and more classics altogether.


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    Justin A. Rick Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States 02-12-13
    Justin A. Rick Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States 02-12-13
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    "Great story, but sadly edited"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator does a great job conveying mood of the story, and the story is wonderful, but for some reason, this is edited -- the curse words are removed. I'm not sure why -- they were written in for a reason.


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    A 11-19-12
    A 11-19-12
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    "Beautiful, heartbreaking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Farewell to Arms to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it's important to read this novel carefully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine, she's sympathetic and thoughtful.


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

    Catherine, she comes alive in this reading by Slattery.


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

    The whole novel is moving.


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