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Publisher's Summary

When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death.

This new publication also includes a number of unfinished Paris sketches on writing and experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, his wife Hadley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others. A personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's sole surviving son, precedes an introduction by the editor, Sean Hemingway, grandson of the author.

©2009 the Hemingway Copyright Owners (P)2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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wonderful

great narration and great edition of this Hemmingway classic. give it a try and you won't regret it.

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Audio Sample Not Main Narrator

Not sure why the audio sample is of the forward, the main performer is fine, but different.

Other than that, great book!

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A MOVABLE FEAST

Where does A Moveable Feast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle of all the books.

What other book might you compare A Moveable Feast to and why?

We Were So Young Once, but not as good because it was not as in depth as the other, however still a treat after "THE PARIS WIFE!"

What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

I know this probably sounds "crazy," but he sounds like I think Hemingway would have sounded. (You know what? I just realized it's because he reminded me of Hemingway in the movie, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS!") 🗼🗼🗼🗼

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES, and I did!


CHECK OUT "THE SUN ALSO RISES!"


Any additional comments?

I started out by reading, "A PARIS WIFE," (which I loved.) Then I became interested in what Gertrude Stein referred to as the " LOST GENERATION, " which led me to this book, and of course, the movies, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS @ DELOVELY. (I had already seen them both, but they were
great and fun to revisit for this, and I just SARA AND GERALD. ( They were the "Power Couple" behind-the-scenes.) Fascinating / but tragic lives.

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Great story might have perfered the edited version

it was great a Triumphant return to Paris for Hemingway, I think the edited version would have been better as the fragments and topic switches at the end make the story less interesting. Kind of makes you wonder who Brut was based.on in the Sun Also Rises.

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  • Kevin
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  • 08-22-15

I Listen again and again

This is one of my absolute favorite audio books. I've listened to it several times and will keep doing so. This book can transport me back to the past like only "The Sun Also Rises" can.

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This is the third time I've listen to this title.

I have listened to almost all of the Audio book by and about Hemingway. He is like an old Friend now. This was the third time for Movable Feast. I have not listened to the earlier version. Each time I listen I learn something. It has many lessons for a writer. It has lessons for a code to live life by. I have listened to Fitzgerald and the book "Call me Zelda." But in the end I think Ernie had them both pegged. The comparison to Scott and the marred Butterfly wings is such fine writing. Only thing that equals this is the stream of consciousness paragraph in Islands in the Stream where Hem describes the Gulf Stream. Movable feast was my first Hemingway book maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I have since purchased all of his books that Audible has available. They are all great. I am convinced, if you have talent and you listen. Hem will make you a better writer. He is the teacher you always wanted. Buy the kindle version too so you can see and hear the words.

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Perfection

I have always been a fan of Hemingway but this by far surpassed my high expectations. I've cried only twice while listening to audible book, this was one of them. I'm very picky about narrators in general and especially when they are reading Hemingway but the narration could not have been better.

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WOW

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Love the book -classic but should be on the re-read list

What did you like best about this story?

All the interesting people Hemingway met and who impacted not only his live but others in this day and age.

Was A Moveable Feast worth the listening time?

Absolutely, great to listen to in the car to and from work.

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Adequate telling of an interesting story

What aspect of John Bedford Lloyd’s performance would you have changed?

The performer has a good voice, but his tone is aloof at times and the longer sentences are read flatly. The content of the story carries this performance. The book is good despite these qualities.

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Hemingway's Paris of the 20's is Truly a Feast

I'm a big Hemingway fan (if I don't think about his love of hunting!). I read this years ago, but decided to listen to the newest edition that has additional material from the last editions. I love listening to good writing with well-spoken readers. I'm never disappointed with Hemingway, because his prose is so clean.

Paris in the 1920's was truly another world from the Paris of today. As as I progressed through the book, I found myself yearning for a trip to Hemingway's Paris.

This is sort of a food memoire. After all, how can you write about Paris and France and not include something about eating and drinking?
And although Hemingway's food and wine descriptions make you wish you were there with him, my favorite chapters were about his friendship with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway's son, Jack, who he called Mr. Bumby.

The last chapter includes Hemingway's various versions of his introduction to the book. Not only does it prove writing is always rewriting, but thinking that Hemingway kept every version of a short intro and they're all archived is even more fascinating.