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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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    Charles Providence, RI, United States 09-05-12
    Charles Providence, RI, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "death, love and a war story"

    Wonderful, descriptive writing. There is much about death and about love while telling a war story. Hemingway drags out the story to a great deal and ends it in an exciting, moving way at a much greater pace. A great book to read but tedious for the first half.

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    Nancy White Rock, British Columbia, Canada 09-04-12
    Nancy White Rock, British Columbia, Canada 09-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A slower read"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a very slow read at first and also not up beat, but soon the book picked up pace and I could not put it down.


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    Casie 08-14-12
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    "The start of a habit"

    I have not read Hemingway in years... this brought me back into the fold, and lead to my downloading three other works. Narrator seemed a little odd at first, but then he fit the tone of the story beautifully.

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    Janice BAGLEY, MN, United States 07-04-12
    Janice BAGLEY, MN, United States 07-04-12

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    "Great read :)"
    Would you listen to For Whom the Bell Tolls again? Why?

    yes, good story line I felt like I was right there


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    pelar


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    roberto


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the sadness of the crulty of man saddened me


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommended

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    Mr. K 06-10-12
    Mr. K 06-10-12
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    "An Exceptional Work"
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    This book far exceded my expectations. I wouldn't suggest this book if someone is looking for simple entertainment. I certainly found the "story" to be deeply engaging, but the thought-provoking, soul tugging experience extends far beyond the story. It did take a little bit to get used to the dialogue at first. However, the direct and simple translation from the Spanish the characters are thinking serves to enhance the experience. The way Hemingway transitions from the dialogue to the more verbose English thoughts of the main character works to immerse the reader in the "story."

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    Luís Poá, Brazil 06-09-12
    Luís Poá, Brazil 06-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story, impressive performance"

    Campbell Scott seems to be able to represent a thousand people with his perfect characterization of voice and intonation. Really, really amazing!
    Hemingway is a master at telling a good story. In this case, a beautiful and universal story about courage, love and wisdom.
    It makes us think of mankind, and life, and death in a deep and whole way so that we can remember that we're engaged in something bigger than ourselves, our family or our country.
    "Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee"...

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    momof6 05-30-12
    momof6 05-30-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Didn't get the theme"

    I know this book is a classic, but the theme was completely lost on me. The story itself was ok. The dialogue reminded me too much of Matrix 2 and 3 - where all characters speak in absolutes.

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    Ari New York, NY, United States 05-22-12
    Ari New York, NY, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow, what a heady novel"
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    This is an absolutely fantastic performance by Campbell Scott. I have heard this book twice over several years. There is so much in detail in the characther descriptions and Scott's narration really bring them out. One of my top all around audio book picks - top 5%!

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    John M New Zealand 03-01-12
    John M New Zealand 03-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enthralling story well told"
    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good narration, added to the story and did not get in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well written story that draws the listener in steadily revealling more about the characters, their life experience and the Spanish Civil war. The passages about the killiing of the fascists at the start of the movement and the descriptions of the battle scenes really take you to them. An excellent classic book, brilliant in fact.

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    Jonathan United States 02-06-12
    Jonathan United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes, anything is better than the radio but this was good, borderline great. He tells war liek someone who's been then, b/c he has.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the conflict between Robert Jordan's orders, what the other characters in the story want, and his love/personal desires for Maria.


    What three words best describe Campbell Scott’s performance?

    Good. The accents and feminine/masculine shifts must have been difficult. There were so many characters to keep separate.


    Could you see For Whom the Bell Tolls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. It kind of already was with Band of Brothers. It would need to be a quiet, introverted person since a great deal of the prose is monologue within Robert Jordan.


    Any additional comments?

    Read all his works narrated by Stacy Keach. The combination of the two is unbeatable.

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