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  • Death in the Afternoon

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Death In The Afternoon

  • By Kevin B. Keenan on 02-02-15

A Long Trip Through Bull Fighting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-12

Read as a lecture on bull fighting and bull fighters. A very lengthy discourse. i feel much longer than necessary. The discussions with the older lady were an interesting twist. Not by any means my favorite Hemingway book./

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,921

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Dave on 07-01-08

Never give up

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-12

A wonderful story about man's inner drive not to give up even when life itself seems hopeless, and you are up against a great challenge.

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,860

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Mountains of Spain

  • By Anonymous User on 01-12-09

death, love and a war story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-12

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.

  • The Pearl

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Hector Elizondo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely poignant; incredible listen.

  • By Chris Baldwin on 05-16-14

very moving story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-12

Character development is wonderful. It is a very moving story with a very important message. It is a short story that will be read straight through. If you are a Steinbeck lover, this is a must read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341

In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the Journey

  • By Rebb on 12-15-11

Love Steinbeck and particularily this book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-12

I had read it years ago and now listened to it. I will listed again in the future. There is so much in the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The American Democrat

  • By: James Fenimore Cooper
  • Narrated by: Noah Waterman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Convinced that the American political system was endangered by complacency, demagoguery, party propaganda, and the tyranny of public opinion, James Fenimore Cooper felt compelled to write this minor classic of American political theory. Fascinated with deception, he wrote in order to express "the voice of simple, honest and...fearless truth" on the peculiarities of the American system of government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance too fast.<br />

  • By Mark on 04-22-18

textbook material

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

atert readers that it is not a story

Would you ever listen to anything by James Fenimore Cooper again?

absolutely--am listening to The Pilot now

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Waterman?

dont know

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

not movie material

Any additional comments?

none

0 of 1 people found this review helpful