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A Moveable Feast Audiobook

A Moveable Feast

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Publisher's Summary

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

©1964 Ernest Hemingway Ltd. Copyright renewed ©1992 John H. Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway, and Gregory Hemingway. All rights reserved.; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Hemingway beautifully captures the fragile magic of a special time and place, and he manages to be nostalgic without hitting any false notes of sentimentality." (Amazon.com)

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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 09-03-16
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 09-03-16 Member Since 2012

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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    "The Cure for Writer's Block"

    I had writer's block for a couple of months. (Well, to the extent that someone whose only writings are Audible reviews, and those only for fun, is considered a writer . . .). I just couldn't get the words out. There were enthralling listens, engaging characters, and cleverly turned phrases I couldn't share. Contrived plots; stereotyped, one dimensional characters; and irritating productions were temporarily safe. Even the writer who used "sarcastic" instead of "sardonic" didn't prod me into opening up Notes on my iPhone to start a review.

    I comforted myself listening to and reading and rereading my 'greats' - Zora Neale Hurston, John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Chandler, Stephen King, Alice Walker. Any critic who says great writers can't be genre writers and best sellers is a snob.

    Finally, I found solace, direction, and a cure in Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" (1964, written, 2006 Audible) - not that I have anything else in common with him as a writer, except that I also write in English. Hemingway had writer's block from time to time in during his memorable stay in Paris. His greats were F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and so many others - and most fascinating to me, the poet Ezra Pound. When Hemingway was stuck, he took the Metro from Gare de L'Este and visited the great expatriate writers and artists who lived in 1920's Paris, sometimes in great wealth but often in poverty so abject they didn't have the pennies necessary to use the coin operated radiators to heat an apartment.

    Hemingway committed suicide in 1961, so "A Moveable Feast" was published posthumously. The stories were collected from journals he wrote in the cafés, nursing one Cafe au Lait for half a day. There were several versions, and this 2006 Audible edition must be based on the 1964 edition released by Mary Welsh Hemingway, his 4th wife. There is 2009 revised and edited version by grandson Seán Hemingway. I wasn't able to get information about what edition was read in this Audible edition, but It is copyrighted 2004 so it must be an iteration of the 1964 version. I would very much like to read/listen to the later version. Seán Hemingway is a historian and writer in his own right, and he must have an interesting edit of his grandfather's life.

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    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Perez Atlanta, GA 02-23-15
    Claudia Perez Atlanta, GA 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great piece"

    the nostalgic life of a writer and his insightful thoughts during one of the most fertile times in the history of arts. Beautiful piece

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AnaFxFz 02-20-15
    AnaFxFz 02-20-15

    I love Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Paris and stories of Paris in the 1920s, fashion stories, mysteries and classics.

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    "Wonderful! Must listen to it again!"
    Would you listen to A Moveable Feast again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely. I am very interested in Paris in the 1920s and this book does a great job of transporting you to that time. The story is interesting and pleasant, I loved it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Moveable Feast?

    Ernest Hemingway 's friendship with Scott Fitzgerald.


    Have you listened to any of James Naughton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first.


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

    Yes, I wished I had the time to listen to all in just one sitting, but I finished it a few sittings in the course of two days.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roger South Orange, NJ, United States 09-04-08
    Roger South Orange, NJ, United States 09-04-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Insightful"

    The best parts are when Hemingway discusses his education in, and approach to, the craft of writing.

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    harsh critic 03-02-17
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    "Finally, I enjoyed Hemingway!"

    This book put a lot of Hemingway and Fitzgerald in perspective for me. I think everyone should read "A Moveable Feat" before any of the other works by Hemingway, and certainly before any by Fitzgerald.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nancy 01-29-17
    nancy 01-29-17 Member Since 2014

    From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.

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    "Unexpected"

    Not what I was expecting, but still, an incredible story. Hemingway takes the highlights of his time in Europe, particularly France, and reflects on his memoirs. His array of words puts you there, as you can experience the emotion and mood. This is a short read, but worth the time.

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    Herbert 12-03-16
    Herbert 12-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A silly story"

    Thought I was going to listen to a great literary piece. It was just a silly story about Hemingway's drunken adventures in Paris. BFD.

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    Justin N 11-19-16
    Justin N 11-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting, but not my favorite"

    Glad I read a book by Hemingway, but this is one hipster I didn't find that interesting.

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    Barbara the Consumer L.A. 10-16-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A kinder, gentler Hemingway..."

    Absolument transportée to jazzy, artsy, delicious 1920's Paris ... Allons y, tout de suite... I wish!

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    d 09-18-16
    d 09-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Writers"

    Appreciated it bc I am a writer but am not around others who do so, so it is a breath of fresh air for me to hear of their lifestyles and priorities. Sad, too, of course, the challenges some of them faced.

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