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For Whom the Bell Tolls Audiobook
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Written by: 
Ernest Hemingway
Narrated by: 
Campbell Scott
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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    Seabit 03-14-15
    Seabit 03-14-15
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    "Only Hemingway could be this good. NOT CENSORED!"

    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.

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    harry 02-19-15
    harry 02-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I obscenity in the milk of your fathers. DON'T BUY"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    NO ONE.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 02-16-15
    John S MA 02-16-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Odd language. Good narration."

    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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    Aazir 02-15-15
    Aazir 02-15-15
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    "Brilliant reading"

    Feels like the characters are speaking to you personally. Highly recommend this narrator. The story is as stunning as you would expect from Hemingway.

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    Maron Kim Boulder, CO 02-05-15
    Maron Kim Boulder, CO 02-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Wasn't sure what to expect from an "old" war novel... And I am completely satisfied. The psychology and attitudes and characters could exist today just as easily. Kept me interested too!

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    Steven 02-02-15
    Steven 02-02-15
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    "Fantastic"

    Narrator is clear and does a great job portraying all the different characters. Hemingway knows how to write a brilliant story.

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    T. Glazier Syracuse, NY 02-01-15
    T. Glazier Syracuse, NY 02-01-15

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    "classic Hemingway, but not my favorite"

    It's a personal preference, but this isn't my favorite Hemingway. I prefer the Sun Also Rises. The revolution back drop, war and this plan to blow a bridge just isn't all that appealing. In true form, all the characters are both admirable and easy to hate at the same time. I wouldn't have been able to work my way through this read, the dialog was confusing. However the Audible version was very easy to follow and made it enjoyable. If you're interested in Hemingway and thinking about this as a listen, I recommend it.

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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 2016
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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