The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise.
"If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.
©1952 Ernest Hemingway; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"This is the best book Ernest Hemingway has written, the fullest, the deepest, the truest. It will, I think, be one of the major novels in American literature." (The New York Times Book Review)
This book is NOT censored. It is an odd device Hemingway employs by substituting "obscenity" or "unprintable" for Spanish cuss words. Well narrated, great writing.
I did not enjoy listening to this book. The story line kept me interested but the narrator made me want to shut it off more than once. Not a very pleasant experience, especially considering this is Hemingway!
Can't really tell.
Monotone voice. Didn't bring the characters to life.
Yes. Think twice about purchasing books narrated by Mr. Scott. Sorry.
I've tried two of his audiobooks now and could not get through either one. I'm not exactly sure why his writing style disagrees with me so badly, but it does. Maybe it is the fact that he feels the need to have show his character's first and last name each time the address each other....
Having not done any Hemmingway since I had to in
High School (40 years ago), this was a incredible experience. The 16 hours flew by. Great presentation.
Hemingway has a way with turning a typically feminine way of introspective storytelling into a novel brimming with testosterone. Unlike modern adventure writers like Jack Higgins and Tom Clancy, Hemingway creates a real world both physically and emotionally. Similar events occur-- guns, murder, sex, bombs, heroism, treachery-- but here I feel like I lived it, whereas with others I feel like I watched a movie. And, as I have found is so critical with audio, the interpretive reading is very good.
Solid Hemingway book. Sorry that publishers allowed author's words to be censored. Kind of silly in today's world of Netflix and the Internet.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
It must be more than thirty years since I first read this title, but it has lost none of its impact, its relevance or importance. I recall that after I first read it I went on a Hemingway bender, reading one title after the other until I made myself sick of his work! I feel like doing the same thing again (reading more Hemingway), but a bit older I think I will exercise some temperance and enjoy what I have just drunk in. I don't think the futility of war that comes through the words can ever be truly lost no matter whether your view is that this is an uplifting book (which I subscribe to) or it is a depressing one.
As for Cameron Scott's performance, I thought it good. He captured the futility and the tension. The characterisation was ok, too. I would have liked the up-beat passages to lift a bit more (like his cinematic performance as "Tunner" in "The Sheltering Sky", perhaps), but overall he was more than just serviceable. Afterall, it is so hard to read a classic such that the voice that you hear from the narrator is the voice that was already in your head. Certainly, this reading did not offend my preconceived view of any of the characters.
wow! DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!
Unless of course, you want to read the North Korean version of it; which is what this appears to be. I'm not sure who is responsible for the castration of this "unabridged" version of the story, but I'll just say this; the censorship of this novel is an absolute atrocity of epic proportions, equivalent to a book burning. Hemingway, a literary legend, has been emasculated by whoever is responsible for this content. He chose every punctuation mark, every syllable, word, and phrase, to paint a picture, and weave a tapestry of melodic flow, drama, and passion. Why oh why, would anyone harm a single letter of this story?
Several times I stopped listening out of frustration and anger. But I continued with this version for the sake of morbid curiosity, and to fuel my rage for this review. Honestly, I am appalled, and will find out who is responsible, and file an official protest. I don't know how far I'll get, but it will be done.
I absolutely adore this story and compliments to narrator Campbell Scott; he played the parts with accent quite perfectly...I enjoyed he reading IMMENSELY.
However, please don't purchase this book. It's a travesty, really.
Yes. It is excellent fiction that carries a moral message.about how terrible war is.
Pilar- She had to be strong and wise for everyone.
The end-when Roberto is telling Maria why she has to go on.
It made me teary in one or two places.
It is a candidate for " The Great American Novel " of the 20th century.
Incredibly curious and love to listen.
Someone who has not had exposure to international accents and cultures.
I couldn't finish it to say.
1. Saul Reichlin2. Christopher Lane3. me
The only reason I can believe it was Simon & Schuster audio that produced it is that it was done in 2006, before audiobooks really took off due to smartphones. True performers are now hired, not hacks. Mr. Scott may be a talented man, but he is not a talented reader in this particular instance. His accents are truly atrocious. A Russian sounds like a Spaniard who sounds like a first generation immigrant from Jersey. Thank the Lord that Mr. Hemingway is dead and didn't have to listen to this butchery or the bells may have tolled for Mr. Scott, who is probably a very nice man.
"For whom the bell tolls"
I decided to try this one as I wanted to experience some of the classics that have passed me by. All I can is 'its a masterpiece' what have I been missing! I'm going through all his work now-can't get enough he's a genius. So believable, so much detail without ever being boring, so tender yet describes man's inhumanity to man so graphically yet without a hint of gratuitousness. Buy it you'l love it. The narrator is absolutely suburb and reads the work as if he has read it a thousand times and knows it intimately and thoroughly loves it, which gives the whole experience a ***** rating.
"It Tolls For Thee"
This is a masterpiece. So human, so true.
There is no more to say.
"Brilliant account of Spanish Civil War"
Just finished listening to the unabridged version of 'For whom the bell tolls'. Enjoyed the book thoroughly. Great study of the American dynamiter based in camp with the Spanish rebels. A number of the characters catch the imagination - in particular Pablo. He's not an attractive character - not trustworthy, not a team player, a drunk - and yet he plays a key role in the unfolding events. He clearly resents the presence of the young American - and yet he has a begrudging respect for some of his skills and thought processes. For much of the book it resembles a play rather than a novel - as we follow the unfolding interactions between the players based in the cave in the mountains. However eventually we move to some marvellous action scenes - as the cavalry arrive, as rebels are cut down and, finally, the taking of the bridge.
The book is a wonderful war story - and tackles head on the conflicts, the challenges to individuals and groups, the brutality and the heroism. And Hemingway brilliantly intertwines the romance between the Spanish girl and the American hero. And thrown in through the book a great account of bullfighting, failed matadors and anti heroes.
"A CLASSIC BUT NOT FOR EVERYONE."
Having never read any Hemingway before I decided it was time to be educated. For me this is by far the best way to tackle For Whom The Bell tolls because I really don't think that I would have had the staying power or necessary imagination to power through the book, however, Campbell Scott's narration brings it to life wonderfully. For other Hemingway novices though I have to add that this by no means an 'easy listen' and if you want fast moving action I wouldn't chose this (are all of Hemingway's books like this?). The layers of human relationships, action and history are built up so painfully slowly that I needed perseverance to keep going and the language is old fashioned and peculiar sounding, obviously reflecting the times and Spanish translation. Before long though I was hooked, not so my teenage son who was listening; after a 5 minute argument was narrated in minute detail he lost interest and he couldn't believe that they were still just talking about blowing the bridge up even though I'd been listening for hours.
"Simply a classic"
A truly powerful novel, enhanced by the author's use of an almost biblical style in translating Spanish dialogue to English. Beautifully written, and I defy the reader not to cry at the end.
The narration was first class, and totally suited the characters and setting for the novel
Robert of course
Couldn't wait to put it on in the car
"Read this One."
My wife happened to buy this book the same day that I downloaded it. So I have made my way through by reading it and listening to it, (though never at the same time!). To be honest the narration of this book is extremely flat. In conversation between the lead character and his love interest for instance, the narration becomes irritating in the extreme, leading the listener to wish they would just shut up and go to sleep. This does not happen when reading the book, which is a much more enjoyable experience altogether.
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell. Same period, same conflict. Although this is Fictional, Orwells is factual.
To be fair I stayed riveted all the way through.
who clung together in the darkness.................BEFORE A THUNDERING DAWN !!
GREAT READ/LISTEN. TRULY ENJOYABLE.
Dead pan ending...sort of dead pan all the way through for me.
would like to try Hemingway narrated by an Englishmen.
Almost being there
The Old Man
First I have listened to
Illustrates well that Civil War is Never Civil
Read the Book, then see the film.
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