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 tells a story of war, determination and willingness to die for a cause.
I don't feel I could appreciate the real and rawness of the book because all swearing was replaced with the word "obscenity" .
captivating, powerful, intriguing
I thought the performance was flat and monotonous...Robert Jordan was completely unemotional and monotone
The constant use of "obscenity" was very distracting. I wish they would have left the book as is without censoring.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
I think so,, if you need something to sleep by then this is for you.
I hate to put down the classics but what a snore.
It's a drab script, not engaging
None I can think off
May I have a refund
I really liked this book, it heald my attention and kept me awake driving. Very detailed and well written. The narrator was very good. You must listen to the book to get the title of my review.
This is my first Hemingway novel and I found it exciting and hard to put down. It also seems to be a fairly accurate historical depiction of an intersting time in history. However in other ways the story seems a bit dated and hard to relate to in todays world. The vernacular is old-fashioned and awkward, and it seems hard to imagine a successful teacher putting aside his career to go to a foreign country and fight for a quasi-communist government. The narration and audio quality are quite good.
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