The Short Stories: Volume II features Stacy Keach reading such favorites as: "My Old Man'" "Big Two-Hearted River: Part I and Part II," "The Undefeated," "In Another Country," "Hills Like White Elephants," "The Killers," "Che Ti Dice La Patria?" "Fifty Grand," "A Simple Enquiry," "Ten Indians," and "A Canary for One."
©1953 Ernest Hemingway. All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"Stacy Keach is the perfect narrator for Hemingway's masculine stories...the perfect showcase for Hemingway's sparse prose and masterful short stories." (AudioFile)
On Audible, you'll find Hemingway short stories volume I and II. I bought one first because it had the Francis Macomber story. While the first volume has a lot of stories, only a few are good. Volume II has fewer stories, but they are more powerful. "Big Two Hearted River," and "The Killers," are amazing. I suggest buying both volumes, but I definitely listen to Volume II more often and more thoroughly than volume I.
This was probably not the best book to make my first dive into Ernest Hemingway, but I got it on discount at Audible. The famously terse writing was certainly distinctive and I was struck by the every-day-ness of the subject matter. Detailed descriptions of trout fishing or horse races were certainly a far cry from my usual science fiction reading. Generally, the stories were very masculine, and seemed stuck in time, a Humphrey Bogart time when men talked like gangsters and lived off the land or went to war. The real revelation for me was the fantastic performance by Stacey Keach. He gave each character a subtle accent where many lesser actors would go over-the-top.
Overall, this was definitely credit worthy. Hemingway's stories were very descriptive and thought provoking. Stacy keech's performance here was outstanding. Boring or annoying narration really irks me. But this was fantastic. I would recommended this to anyone who likes Hemingway or wants an introduction into his work. Very good.
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