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A Farewell to Arms Audiobook

A Farewell to Arms

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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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    AmazonCustomer52577 KILLEEN, TX, United States 11-29-11
    AmazonCustomer52577 KILLEEN, TX, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Accents were fantastic!"

    The accents used throughout the book made it the most enjoyable book I've listened to so far!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JEFF 12-15-09
    JEFF 12-15-09
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    "Disappointed-A lot"

    I got lucky and selected "For Whom the Bell Tolls" to listen to before this book. Had I picked "A Farewell to Arms" first, it is unlikely I would have ever selected FWTBT. This book is as bad as FWTBT is great. Everything great about FWTBT is missing from this book, all the way down the the narrarator, who is at least partly responsible for ruining this book. There is barely a story line, and even less character development.The dialog is plodding, and the visual imagry is barren. I'm not a literature scholar, but I can't see why this book is considered written art. I so loved "For Whom the Bell Tolls", I was astonished Hemingway could write this clunker. Chose something else.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Terri F 10-24-16
    Terri F 10-24-16
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    "The Narrator is AWFUL"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only people who would be willing to read the book instead of listening. The Narrator is Awful. Couldn't get past the first chapter. Wish I could return it for a credit


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Hemingway’s story?

    Couldn't finish because I did not enjoy the narrator. Guess I'll just read it


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Logan 08-25-16
    Logan 08-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good until the end."

    Great story until the end. The ending was greatly dragged out and boring, with much of it degrading the emotional ending.

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    marian 08-11-16
    marian 08-11-16
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    "Poor narration"

    The only audio Hemingway worth getting is what is read by Stacy Keach. Keach blows all other Hemingway narrators away. Keach makes all other narrators unlistenable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 07-26-16
    Joy 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Kept skipping"
    Where does A Farewell to Arms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I finally gave up on reading this I tried downloading and listening on the cloud but, every it consistently kept skipping. I tried to follow it as long as I could but, finally gave up. Too bad I really love Ernest Hemmingway and want to read all his novels.


    What other book might you compare A Farewell to Arms to and why?

    Not sure


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Slattery?

    Not sure but, he was not the best. Too monotone


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book I have tried listening to where the playback was so poor I gave up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Sonny Sellers 06-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent story, hard to hear. "

    Narrator had great accents, but would let his voice fall at the end of sentences for dramatic effect. Or if the characters were whispering, putting the book at full volume still made me strain to hear. I'm 23.

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    Joseph 05-31-16
    Joseph 05-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Frederick Henry is s lost soul"

    The reader needs to know how and where he is when the War ends. Where does he go?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Parra Brammer Madison, WI USA 04-26-16
    Linda Parra Brammer Madison, WI USA 04-26-16

    Interested in bicycles, airplanes, SCUBA diving and navigating life.

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    "Heartbreaking"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DISAPPOINTED 04-21-16
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    "Excellent Book! Amazing Performance!"

    John Slatterly is one of the few people who can read Hemingway the way it is meant to be read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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