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)
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.
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.
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.
Why we're all the expletives deleted?
Took away from Hemingway's intent and distracted from the audio presentation. Frat book, though
The narrator was good for the story and conveyed the main character's thoughts and feelings. The action is subdued but great attention is given to characters and advancing the theme of the book.
It's books like this that make me wonder what makes a book a classic. This book reads like it was translated from Spanish. Perhaps he intended it to be that way, but it was more distracting than anything. The story itself was okay, but there was nothing I can point to that was very uplifting or depicted the indomitable human spirit. I don't understand why he decided that it was necessary to call the main character by his full name every time he was referenced not in dialog. Overall it was just a "meh" book.
An artistic masterpiece of writing. Mandatory reading /listening for Hemingway aficionados.
Note: If you're considering this title as your first exposure to Hemingway, I suggest you break into his style with a few - or all- of his earlier short stories. You won't regret it, I assure you.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
It must be more than thirty years since I first read this title, but it has lost none of its impact, its relevance or importance. I recall that after I first read it I went on a Hemingway bender, reading one title after the other until I made myself sick of his work! I feel like doing the same thing again (reading more Hemingway), but a bit older I think I will exercise some temperance and enjoy what I have just drunk in. I don't think the futility of war that comes through the words can ever be truly lost no matter whether your view is that this is an uplifting book (which I subscribe to) or it is a depressing one.
As for Cameron Scott's performance, I thought it good. He captured the futility and the tension. The characterisation was ok, too. I would have liked the up-beat passages to lift a bit more (like his cinematic performance as "Tunner" in "The Sheltering Sky", perhaps), but overall he was more than just serviceable. Afterall, it is so hard to read a classic such that the voice that you hear from the narrator is the voice that was already in your head. Certainly, this reading did not offend my preconceived view of any of the characters.
wow! DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!
Unless of course, you want to read the North Korean version of it; which is what this appears to be. I'm not sure who is responsible for the castration of this "unabridged" version of the story, but I'll just say this; the censorship of this novel is an absolute atrocity of epic proportions, equivalent to a book burning. Hemingway, a literary legend, has been emasculated by whoever is responsible for this content. He chose every punctuation mark, every syllable, word, and phrase, to paint a picture, and weave a tapestry of melodic flow, drama, and passion. Why oh why, would anyone harm a single letter of this story?
Several times I stopped listening out of frustration and anger. But I continued with this version for the sake of morbid curiosity, and to fuel my rage for this review. Honestly, I am appalled, and will find out who is responsible, and file an official protest. I don't know how far I'll get, but it will be done.
I absolutely adore this story and compliments to narrator Campbell Scott; he played the parts with accent quite perfectly...I enjoyed he reading IMMENSELY.
However, please don't purchase this book. It's a travesty, really.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
It's hard to write a bad review of Hemingway based on the "legend" but this a tough listen for me. The basic story is good. I really knew nothing about the Spanish Civil war but this book made me do some research. In the end you get the idea of " and exactly what were they fighting about?" History has sort of proved that out.
The issue I had is the writing style. Its sort of odd. We would say "what do you think of me?" Hemingway writes this as "what dost thou thinkest of me? Do you think kindly upon me....."
I would rate this a book that you feel good about having listened to, but it is an ordeal. Kind of the same as having a high school teacher assign it as a required book. Probably a book you buy the monarch notes instead of reading it. You may feel the same about the audio version.
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