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)
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend! This book is so easy to get lost in! Campbell Scott's voice is soothing as Robert Jordan. He is comical as the gypsy. There is not a whole lot of story (the book takes place over the course of 3 days), but what story there is, is rich.
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a typical classic and tragic tale. Because of the timeline, maybe I would compare it to All My Sons by Arthur Miller. As for the rest of the story--it is familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on a definite comparison.
I have not listened to any other Campbell Scott narrations, but I would like to.
There were many moments that moved me, but the very end of the book moved me the most. It was all the notes and tidbits on life and death and duty and what makes a good life.
I wanted to listen to this book again from the beginning the instant it ended. I LOVED it!
Yes: The storyline and character development is classic Hemingway, truly ageless. It easily transports one back to four tragic days in the mountains during the Spanish Civil War. Recounted through the great channel of one of America's best-ever authors, the tale becomes almost telepathic in its raw power. I found no point at which the story bogged down. Though many of us have read this long ago, to hear the book again in such fine narration was pure pleasure.
The pinnacle of plot resolution at the very end.
Some of the interpersonal omteraction scenes between the main characters, especially the carefree "Gypsy".
I'll start listening to everything in Audible's offerings concerning Hemingway's epic works. It was hard not to give this one carte blanche five stars all the way across, so I docked one star from the Story section only because the plot was a bit oddly resolved in a certain manner which I won't reveal here in order to keep the element of surprise fresh for others.
I first read this novel when I was in my early 20's, and have long since wanted to find the time to reread it. Never having enough time for myself I decided to go with the audiobook, great decision! The narrator did an excellent job of reading this fantastic novel and I couldn't recommend it enough!
I didn't read the book, so I don't have any idea.
The main character, whatever his name was, the American.
The main bandit, I think his name was Pedro. He captures the attitude perfectly and the character really comes to life
It did make me feel a sense of how futile and stupid war can be. Maybe it's because the good guys are Marxists and somehow the bad guys are worse. It's like you want both sides to lose, but the Marxists are portrayed as the good guys so you want them to win but you also know they do end up losing the war as a matter of historical fact.
A rather long book that spans a rather short period of time, something like 3 days and the only thing that really happens is the plans to blow up a bridge. I'm not disappointed though. I find that I can't read Hemmingway books back to back, I have to intersperse them with other more cheerful stuff. This is grim manly stuff, and I guess with a name like "For Whom the Bell Tolls" what was I expecting anyway. It makes you think a lot about yourself. This book is a true classic.
The narrator has the perfect voice for this story. I am not usually a fan of war stories, or a huge fan of romance, but this audio book was excellent and I would highly recommend it.
The ending. I won't spoil it.
Hemingway at his best
Character development slow
I felt I knew many of the people in a way that many books do not accomplish.
People sometimes wonder what the difference is between novels and literature. Read Hemingway and this becomes clear. While following an enjoyable story-line as in a novel, the detailed descriptions of thoughts, emotions, and physical as well as socio-political environments set it apart. Add to that forryas into philosophy, religious thinking in respect of warfare and killing, intricate inter-personal relationships between characters that are not one-sided and the gap is widened. Lastly, explore the indivudual human's desire for love and acceptance and fear of death and you have literature. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good modern novel, but listening to a classic is a unique experience. The performance was great, and I can still hear Pablo saying to Robert Jordan: "Inglais" long after I have finished the audiobook.
Hemingway is a fantastic writer and it's easy to see by the story why this book is a classic. The narrator does a good job of staying almost stoic, yet interesting to listen to. He doesn't get 'campy' with the characters' voices and remains easy to follow.
I somehow never had read this book though I'd heard of it since my youth, and always had some other idea about it. WHAT A STORY!!!! What writing! I'll definitely listen to it again, once it's settled.
The story was simple but great love story in the middle of the Spanish civil war. It depicts the horrors of a civil guerrilla war. Listeners are encouraged to read a synopsis about the Spanish civil war on wikipedia or other source to learn about the different factions of that wars before listening to the story.
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