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For Whom the Bell Tolls | [Ernest Hemingway]

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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    Kathryn Killara, Australia 01-13-15
    Kathryn Killara, Australia 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book not accurately read due to sensorship."
    What did you like best about For Whom the Bell Tolls? What did you like least?

    It tells a story of war, determination and willingness to die for a cause.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ernest Hemingway? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Campbell Scott’s performances?

    Yes


    Was For Whom the Bell Tolls worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I don't feel I could appreciate the real and rawness of the book because all swearing was replaced with the word "obscenity" .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elsa K. Virginia, United States 09-28-13
    Elsa K. Virginia, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible Story - distracting censorship"
    If you could sum up For Whom the Bell Tolls in three words, what would they be?

    captivating, powerful, intriguing


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

    I thought the performance was flat and monotonous...Robert Jordan was completely unemotional and monotone


    Any additional comments?

    The constant use of "obscenity" was very distracting. I wish they would have left the book as is without censoring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leighda 05-23-13
    leighda 05-23-13 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "Drunken Old Perv?"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaydeep Kolkata, India 10-10-12
    Jaydeep Kolkata, India 10-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Waste of time"
    What disappointed you about For Whom the Bell Tolls?

    The narrator


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's a drab script, not engaging


    Would you be willing to try another one of Campbell Scott’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None I can think off


    Any additional comments?

    May I have a refund

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Devin Brooklyn, NY, USA 05-11-08
    Devin Brooklyn, NY, USA 05-11-08
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    "great pick"

    the narrator has the perfect voice for it. great read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Boyd Bindrup 02-11-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Thou wilt like this book"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 07-05-12
    Steven 07-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "It's Censored"

    What the "muck"? This "obscenity" of a rendition is censored. It's quite annoying, especially when this isn't mentioned anywhere. Otherwise a good story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cort Kensington, CA, United States 07-15-08
    cort Kensington, CA, United States 07-15-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but not great"

    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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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