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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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    MrMonterrubio 07-30-15
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    "A very very personal and inspiring book"

    Loved the story, the narrative and the performance.

    I've never read Hemingway,but now I feel like he's one of my favorites.

    What a powerful story

    Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dimitri Texas 07-15-15
    Dimitri Texas 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "There is no language filter!"

    I did enjoy this audiobook, as I though it was a great, engaging novel. But I am writing this review to address the several reviews I have seen here which accuse the publisher of somehow cleaning up or sanitizing the rough language in the original work. This is not true. Hemingway chose to use substitutes for obscenities himself, like actually using the word "obscenity" (e.g. "go obscenity thyself") or terms like "milk of thy father". This version is completely true to the original work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BA 06-22-15
    BA 06-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "For whom the bell tolls"

    If this is Hemmingways best work , guess I'm done with him. I think Audible has done a great disservice to the book by calling it unabridged and then censoring profanity! Bad enough that it's written in English, Spanish and French, without the intervention of censorship, to confuse the listener more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabe 06-14-15
    Gabe 06-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Breathing"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Whom"

    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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  • Martin
    Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom
    10/17/10
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    Co. WexfordIreland
    2/3/07
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    "It Tolls For Thee"

    This is a masterpiece. So human, so true.

    There is no more to say.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Ireland
    9/2/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Dublin, Ireland
    2/14/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • joanne
    tarporley, United Kingdom
    9/8/11
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Hampton, Middx, United Kingdom
    2/26/08
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • P. W. Burridge
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    12/14/13
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    "Totally engrossing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls to be better than the print version?

    The narration was first class, and totally suited the characters and setting for the novel


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favourite?

    Robert of course


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

    Couldn't wait to put it on in the car


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jordan McClements
    Northern Ireland
    3/2/13
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    "Long..."

    I'm struggling to get through this book.

    It's not terrible, but I can't really warm to it in the same way I did with The Old Man And The Sea. I think it is partly because the narrator of latter was absolutely incredible, and the narrator of this one is just fairly good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jos
    9/6/16
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    "A classic that has it all"
    Would you consider the audio edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls to be better than the print version?

    I love the rhythm of Hemmingways sentences. As a non native English speaker i will never be able to get the rhythm as this audio edition can.


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

    The magic mountain by Thomas Mann, both books stretch time by ingenious linguistic descriptions of people and events. Both describe the full spectrum of human imperfection in a way that creates a spark of sympathy for even the most extreme characters.


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not yet


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

    Not really, the slow but smooth way the story progresses welcomes the occasionally break.But it's always a relief to lose oneself again in the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    All human emotions like love, death, pain, joy, fear, hate and respect in this wonderful tale of a few days in a hostile Spain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    8/1/16
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    "excellent"

    It is as good second time round, as first. Well read and a great story very close to the heart of those involved or whose people were involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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