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For Whom the Bell Tolls Audiobook

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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    Gabe 06-14-15
    Gabe 06-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    The intake of breath was distracting otherwise the story came across smoothly. Won't buy another

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    Billie Carmel, CA 04-29-15
    Billie Carmel, CA 04-29-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Classic and Worthwhile, but dated"
    Would you listen to For Whom the Bell Tolls again? Why?

    No, once is enough.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical perspective and psychology of the characters . . . although both were pretty naive.


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

    Great Story Teller!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's been done.


    Any additional comments?

    I never realized that the Title was actually a poem by John Donne. LOVED the poem!

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    William F. Mccann Old Bridge, NJ USA 04-28-15
    William F. Mccann Old Bridge, NJ USA 04-28-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Hemmingway doesn't age well"

    The book is a well crafted story with developed characters and plot points. But it is a product is it's time. The self-censored dialog in particular sounds silly in an age where pop culture is full of rough street language. And the love scenes written with symbols and poetic language seem juvenile and lacking of sensuality. Still, it is a timeless classic that demonstrates the talents of its' author.

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    William 04-20-15
    William 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story told too slowly"

    This could have been far more enjoyable if told in half the time. Too wordy in places. Still worth the effort though.

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    Richard of Au Gres 04-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    Good read long overdue I have wanted to read for years but never found the time. Hope you enjoy it as much as I.

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    Terri Diamondhead, MS, United States 04-08-15
    Terri Diamondhead, MS, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2011

    avid listener, during exercise and travel. Been doing for 30 plus years and probably will never stop. I am trying to read more recently, it requires more downtime.

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    "Not my favorite listen"

    Probably this book is dated. The style in which Hemingway presented the material was tedious to listen to. Not being a scholar of Hemingway I had a difficult time listening to him repeat dialogue over and over again. But I am glad that I listened to know about his style and whether or not I would enjoy it more of his books.

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    Steve Texas, USA 03-29-15
    Steve Texas, USA 03-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    "incredible story engrossing"

    narration great
    story engrossing
    parts boring
    overall five stars
    my first Hemingway as an adult
    much better than expected.
    recommended highly.

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    Paul P. 03-28-15
    Paul P. 03-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect blend of heart and action"

    It is true this is a "man's man's" book, but the emotions are deep and the writing very tight. It is nice to see Hemingway not "trying to hard" but yet still knocking it out of the park.

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    Ron Belmont, CA, United States 03-27-15
    Ron Belmont, CA, United States 03-27-15
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    "Fantastic. Could not have been read any better!"

    I now understand why Hemingway is considered such a great writer. And the narrator's performance was outstanding. The book inspires me to read more Hemingway and learn more about the Spanish Civil War.

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    WillieK Ogden UT 03-27-15
    WillieK Ogden UT 03-27-15

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    "Great listen. Should have read this years ago."

    I never gave Hemingway a chance to impress.
    Will be listening to more of his work now.

    The cutting insults exchanged and attributed to Spanish culture are sometimes shocking and other times halarious.

    Performance was outstanding! English, Spanish, and French along with accents and gender -- all great.

    If Hemingway lived through half of what he writes about his choice to end his life, while still troubling, is somehow less so.

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