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For Whom the Bell Tolls Audiobook

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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    Derek 11-12-14
    Derek 11-12-14
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    "One of the best books I've ever "read"."

    I finished this book about a month ago, and in writing this "from memory", I'm getting some interesting insight into this whole phenomenon of storytelling.

    I think the most noticeable thing is now "tight" the story is, words are not wasted in creating a vibrant picture of both what's going on, and the undercurrents beneath it.

    I'd call this a love story.
    And a war story.
    And a human story.

    Good stuff. I suppose that's why writers often cite Hemingway as an example of a master of the craft of writing.

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    Paul S Sheahan 10-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to For Whom the Bell Tolls again? Why?

    After some time I would. The narration is and the story gives you plenty of things to things about. Maybe a second listen will give additional insights to the story.


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

    I don't read much fiction at all, so I can't really compare it to anything.


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

    He does a good job bringing the characters to life. I'm not sure what kind of characters and inflection I would have given them in my head. He also reads the Spanish parts very convincingly. I would have just stumbled through them.


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

    I could have listened to this all in one sitting....if that was feasible.


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    Brian LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 09-08-14
    Brian LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013
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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"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Marylyn Damascus, MD, United States 05-23-14
    Marylyn Damascus, MD, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and excellent voice"
    If you could sum up For Whom the Bell Tolls in three words, what would they be?

    An engaging and realistic story that takes you to another place and another time in another person's mind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of For Whom the Bell Tolls?

    Main character's inner dialogues


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

    Good narrative voice that's not mine, and a steady pace.

    Some of the characters' voices were not quite distinguishable from each other enough, however, especially as compared to some audible books where I didn't even need to hear the "so-and-so said" because I knew the voice.


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

    No because it gets intense at times and can be heavy to contemplate at other times.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

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    Matt Tampa, Florida, United States 05-10-14
    Matt Tampa, Florida, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Well-Worth the Length"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is a classic, and it does seem to ramble at times, but several of the sequences - Pillar's story about how Pablo sent the fascists through a gauntlet, Robert Jordan's experience with the leaders in Madrid, What death smells like, and Andress' race to Goetz - are so technically perfect and well-delivered, that it is hard to argue with the obvious - that Hemingway truly was one of the greatest storytellers of all time.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Scott did a great job. His narrator was even and stark, his Spaniards were accented, but not overly so. Much better than John Slattery's reading of "A Farewell to Arms" (who, despite being a great actor, cannot pull off a waoman's (e.g., Catherine Barkely's) voice.


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

    that would be hard, because it was 16 hours. but i was motivated to listen to it in fewer days than i normally would take.


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    John B. Minnesota 03-20-14
    John B. Minnesota 03-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "My favorite band got me into my favorite Author."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely. Hemingway is a genius. I love the way he writes. He just pulls you in like nothing else. He has a way of conveying emotion and situations that is so enthralling.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I am a huge Metallica fan. The song that got me into Metallica was, For whom the Bells Tolls. So naturally I had to get this book. It only took me 20 years to finally read/listen to the book. Hemingway is now my favorite author. My favorite band got me into my favorite author. Or was it the other way around?

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    G. Kosan 11-12-13
    G. Kosan 11-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Found a new favorite narrator"
    What did you love best about For Whom the Bell Tolls?

    The story and suspense drew me in, but Campbell Scott's narration gave life to all the characters, especially the main character in such a vivid way. I normally only read "modern" fiction (read: Stephen King), but this story was very accessible and gripping. It wasn't filled with military jargon or history lessons. The story of the Spanish civil war was told in terms that made it feel real and visceral in a way that history books never do.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of For Whom the Bell Tolls?

    The scene where Pilar tells Jordan about the day Pablo seized the village was gripping and disturbing. The dark side of human nature is laid bare in her account of this event that was simultaneously triumphant and terrible.


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

    The main character: Robert Jordan. Scott makes this character feel like an old friend of the reader.


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

    I often found myself wondering what choices I would make in the same situation and how I would cope with my choices.


    Any additional comments?

    Campbell Scott has a voice that is thoughtful and trustworthy. It is a voice that is easy to let into your own head. It is a voice that draws you in...

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    Sam Motes Tampa 09-08-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 09-08-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Until death do we part"

    A tragic tell of budding love caught up in a doomed mission during Spanish Civil war. The protagonist struggles with the reality that he truly has to love for a life time today because there most likely will be no tomorrow. Hemingway does a great job of building a truly great read of the futility of war.

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    Duane Phoenix, AZ 09-04-13
    Duane Phoenix, AZ 09-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, Great performance, not unabridged"
    Where does For Whom the Bell Tolls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


    Any additional comments?

    I obscenity in the milk of this version because it is not unprintable unabridged. They use "obscenity" and "unprintable" in the place of any curse words that appear in the book, and it happens more than you might think. It's still a great version. and Scott Campbell is fantastic, but that does detract from it a bit.

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