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For Whom the Bell Tolls | [Ernest Hemingway]

For Whom the Bell Tolls

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 06-28-11
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 06-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm done with Hemmingway"

    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....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane East Greenwich, RI, United States 07-16-09
    Jane East Greenwich, RI, United States 07-16-09 Member Since 2003
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    "great narration and story"

    This is my first Hemingway book (read or listened to) and I can definitely say I will be back. It took me away to another world with real people and real humanity. I was so sorry to come to the end.

    Campbell Scott's narration was impressive in its variety for the different characters and the consistency. I want to hear more of his books.

    The story grabbed me from the beginning and held me the whole way through. I could not wait to listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sydney, Australia 07-02-09
    Michael Sydney, Australia 07-02-09 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Very well done."

    A classic indeed. Lovely to listen to, and an epic story that leaves you feeling like you have lived the book. I loved it. Will listen to it again soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronan new york, NY, USA 04-14-09
    Ronan new york, NY, USA 04-14-09
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    "A Classic by a Master"

    a timeless story enjoyable for every generation

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    J 04-07-09
    J 04-07-09 Member Since 2002
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    "great story, fantastic narrator"

    I wish Campbell Scott would read more Hemmingway, he is the perfect fit.

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    Tim Walled Lake, MI, USA 01-08-07
    Tim Walled Lake, MI, USA 01-08-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Great"

    I have found Hemmingway to be rather dark and depressing. While not giving away the ending, this one is not far afield. But the richness of the story makes up for it. I was also impressed with the richness of the Spanish language here, and the reader enhanced the affect. Hemmingway did a great job of getting into the individual's heads. Excellent experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom G Montreal, Canada 04-05-12
    Tom G Montreal, Canada 04-05-12 Listener Since 2005

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    "THE worst performance I have ever heard"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has not had exposure to international accents and cultures.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't finish it to say.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Campbell Scott?

    1. Saul Reichlin2. Christopher Lane3. me


    What character would you cut from For Whom the Bell Tolls?

    None. Masterpiece.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 10-01-06
    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 10-01-06 Member Since 2003

    Mojo Risen

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    "Good, not Great"

    I was very surpirsed that this book seems to be considered the ultimate achievement for Hemingway by the "experts." His digressions into a character's background did not further develop each character for me, it was just another delay in getting to the conclusion. The main story here is very simple and straightforward with no surprises. It appeared to me that he took a high quality short story and stretched it into a novel and in the process converted a possibly shorter, great book into a longer, good one. I think I'm done with Hemingway, Farewell to Arms was much better than this one because the underlying story was deeper.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 09-08-14
    Brian LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Read. Great narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls to be better than the print version?

    Not sure. I do not have the time to "read" many books so audio works best for me.


    What other book might you compare For Whom the Bell Tolls to and why?

    As the Sun Also Rises


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

    Great voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    PASCAL-OLIVIER 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Made me like Hemingway"
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    I had listened to The Sun Also Rises and thought "Well, that was boring and pointless". For Whom The Bell Tolls made me want to read some more of Hemingway's works. It's poignant and you believe these are real people the events are happening to, not stock characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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