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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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    Kirsten 03-28-16
    Kirsten 03-28-16
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was dull, monotonous, and painful to listen to. After the 20th chapter, hours I will never get back, I had to make it stop. I couldn't tell if it story, or the performance that was boring, but doesn't matter. Horrible experience.


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    Marshman Roy, WA USA 03-11-16
    Marshman Roy, WA USA 03-11-16 Member Since 2015

    blade junkie

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    "Depressing"

    Meh, well written, interesting, and likely a very accurate depiction of life during guerrilla conflicts, but also a little tedious and dream of at times.

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    Emily Ruth Logan, Ut, United States 03-09-16
    Emily Ruth Logan, Ut, United States 03-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved this book"

    this was the very first Hemingway I have ever listened to. the narrator did a fantastic job. I will admit, I feel for Robert Jordan :)

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    Caitlyn 02-23-16
    Caitlyn 02-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great voice"

    Love it, the readers voice particularly appropriate. handles some of the more grammatically peculiar Hemingway phrasing very well.

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    Vincent Delisi 02-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great title, lousy story."

    Was expecting so much more. Hemingway's life apparently much more interesting than his writing. Got half way and just couldn't muscle through it. Truly boring.

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    Charles E Howard 12-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Supreme"

    Reading this leaves no doubt about the greatness of Ernest Hemingway. As a native Spanish speaker I can say that his mastery of the Spanish-language end of the nuances of its expressions are truly amazing. They are dead on. His interpretation of life, love, war, idealism, goodness, evil, cruelty and compassion are spellbinding. This is must reading for every human being. I don't think there has been another man like Hemingway. And, by the way, you'll be surprised to know that I hate communist.

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    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 10-13-15
    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 10-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.

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    "A masterpiece"

    Compassionate, brutal. wise--in sum unflinching realism. War is used as stage to explore the perineal issues ending in mystery.

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    Matt 09-27-15
    Matt 09-27-15
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    "Slow moving, right up to the bad ending."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better ending and story.


    Has For Whom the Bell Tolls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and confusion on why this is considered a great book. It was quite horrible at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Never reading Hemingway again.

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    Jerry 09-23-15
    Jerry 09-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Touching"

    Laughed throughout , nail biting edge of seat action, embracing love story, emotional events with realism and devotion... best read.

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    dachi 09-15-15
    dachi 09-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "what a disappointment"

    i barely got through first 3h of the book.. i don't think it even deserves 1 start...

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