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A Farewell to Arms Audiobook

A Farewell to Arms

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Publisher's Summary

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

Hemingway's frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto, of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized, is one of the greatest moments in literary history.

A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.

©1929 Charles Scribner's Sons. Copyright renewed ©1957 Ernest Hemingway; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    bailey 11-03-16
    bailey 11-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A wonderful book"

    Hemingway's storytelling is iconic. I can't stop listening. The narration was perfect and I feel like I will miss this book for a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas N. 10-10-16
    Douglas N. 10-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant narration"

    First, the censorship isn't an issue. From what I've read the book itself was censored and is still published that way, so it follows that the audio would be also. Skipping over the few swear words didn't ruin the flow to me.

    The narration is perfect. Brilliant. He brings life to Italian characters and others, and the slight dramatization is never tedious. It's great.

    Hemingway wrote a great book. It's not as much a war story as it is a story that takes place during a time of war. It's follows the life of a soldier but it doesn't linger on battles. It might linger on the love story, becoming maybe a touch too romantic at times, but it always gets reeled back in, and the story is always interesting.
    And of course, it's full of wine and wit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 11-29-11
    Steven 11-29-11
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    "It's a classic story!"

    Hemingway's rich description is, I believe, the key to his work. It make you feel like you are there. The grit and horrer of war are well documented but at the same time the humanity of the characters comes through. The ending...well...I won't go there but one comes away with a strong sense of the futility of war.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Not what I expected"

    John Slattery did an excellent job in narrating the book. I had read "The Modern Scholar: WW1" by John Ramsden and he Listed "A Farewell To Arms" on the reading list and said it covered the fighting between Italy and Austria in WWI. But I was disappointed because there was very little information about the war and was primarily a love story. I am not sure why Ramsden list this book on his reading list. I have enjoyed other Hemingway book so maybe my disappointment was in my expectations.

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    Melissa 06-22-17
    Melissa 06-22-17
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    "Good story, but awkward to listen to"

    I enjoyed listening to A Farewell to Arms, but found it awkward that one man provided the voice for all characters. I know this isn't a play, but I didn't enjoy listening to a man twist his voice into that of a woman's for Catherine's dialogue. Pleasant voice for everything else though.

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    J&N Cliff 05-10-17
    J&N Cliff 05-10-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Going to literary hell for not liking the classic"
    What would have made A Farewell to Arms better?

    I am probably going to literary hell after giving Hemingway 2 stars. This was a tedious read with a lot of senseless dialogue (maybe that was the point?), a flat unrealistic doormat of a female character, and a sad ending. I also did not like the approach of the audio narrator (John Slattery) to give most characters an accent even though they were speaking their native languages. That somehow highlighted the superiority and arrogance of the protagonist since he spoke fluently without an accent, again maybe that was the intent.


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    nathan 04-13-17
    nathan 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny"

    Another great book by Hemingway. One of the funnier from him. Always entertaining, always engrossing.

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    Andrew M LaRocco 04-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disappointed."

    Cannot understand why this is considered a great novel. Enjoy other Hemingway, but this was a boring meandering story.

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    Sue Lake 04-03-17
    Sue Lake 04-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My god!"

    Loved the story. Lots of full characters and exceptional writing. And this narrator! Whatever I listen to next will be with his voice, he gave me a n

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    KAM 03-31-17
    KAM 03-31-17
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    "I would skip this one"

    A sad story about two selfish people morally adrift. Lots of character development that leads nowhere. I thought For Whom The Bell Tolls was more worthy. Both books are chalked full of adult content. The performance was very well done however.

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  • James
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom
    12/16/07
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    "Farewell to a good listen"

    A great book damaged by poor reading. The monotonous narration leaves this lifeless. Conversations are particularly dead. A disappointment.
    The experience has taught me to listen to the preview of each download now.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Corstjens
    9/6/12
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    "Narrator performs book"

    For many chapters I couldn't get over the impression that this was a take-off of Hemmingway's style. The 'Janet and John' style, as it sounds to UK listeners (of a certain age). But, Hemmingway builds his characters from conversation - the way they talk - and this narrator almost converts the book to a play at some points. I loved the conversation (soliloquy, since the narrator is talking to himself) where he asks himself 'what if his lover/girlfriend dies (in childbirth)'. I can't imagine how it would look on a page - but played by this actor... really something.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • john
    Haddington, United Kingdom
    3/31/14
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    "In Another Accent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Farewell to Arms to be better than the print version?

    John Slattery does a fine job narrating Hemingway's classic novel. He gets the balance between the hard-bitten laconic tone of the narrative, from the terse war reflections to the suppressed pain at the end. He negotiates the accents (American, Italian, English, Scottish, Swiss) convincingly. I read the text alongside the audio and I thought Slattery's reading brought out tones and inflections I might have missed on the page.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, Frederic Henry, dominates the novel. It's his take on the events he recounts.


    Which character – as performed by John Slattery – was your favourite?

    In addition to Henry's narrative voice, I liked the way Slattery realised the Italian characters. He did not resort to the stereotype caricatures that an inferior reader might have attempted in order to play to the gallery.


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

    It is too dense a work for a single sitting. The reading makes the listener want to sit and reflect on scenes and chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    One of Hemingway's enduring qualities is that he writes on the page the way his narrators would speak. There are several good readings available. William Hurt's reading of The Sun Also Rises is top quality. Stacy Keach's readings of the short stories are excellent. It's a pity that Alexander Scourby's readings of the stories appear to be out of the catalogue, but you can still enjoy his reading of The Great Gatsby, which is masterly. John Slattery's reading of A Farewell To Arms is in the same league.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jytte
    Gedved, Denmark
    8/13/11
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    "No one besides Hemingway"

    It's so wonderful to listen to this novel. You hear every word, every tone - when you read you can miss a lot. John Slattery gives life to the - on the surface - subdued lovestory. On my Top Ten!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Surrey, UK
    10/29/16
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    "Dull material, tediously read."

    The monotonous reading doesn't help to liven what seems to be dull material anyway. Gave up around chapter 7.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hans
    9/16/16
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    "Amazing. One of hemingways best"

    The naration corresponded well with the storyline. The choice of narator was very good. amazing book. amazing story. i loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PAUL LEONARD
    ireland
    2/25/16
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    "Darling it pains me!!!!"

    I kept waiting for this story to take off but it repeated words and sentences continually . With the praise so high and the legendary status of Hemingway I am so disappointed .
    I would recommend that this is not used to waste your time. There are many many books old and new that give you amazing journeys across war torn Europe with characters that have depth .
    I am truly disappointed.

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  • Debbie
    United Kingdom
    12/29/15
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    "Dull dull dull"

    Have tried to like this story after visiting Hemingway House and feeling like I must be missing the point. Clearly I have missed the point. It's a long and quite dull tale within which not much happens for a very long time, and the narrator's voice lulls me to sleep. Not great for a driving companion! So, have given up. Some things are not meant to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan N Smith
    7/20/15
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    "A beautiful story beautifully told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Farewell to Arms to be better than the print version?

    John Slattery's portrayal of an american medic serving with the Italian infantry in WW2 is just so lovely. He inhabits the Hemingway character perfectly. I was so hooked I barely stopped listening from start to finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Farewell to Arms?

    The relationship between Henry and Barkley is subtle, beautiful and so moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom
    9/13/08
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    "This one has legs?but not wings"

    The myth of Hemingway the man and the Boy?s Own nature of his subject-matter sometimes obscures the reader?s ability to evaluate his style and the quality of his prose. I remember years ago his short staccato style being described as having the purity of a clean mountain stream. He is primarily a story teller and does this by retreating as a writer and hiding behind the scenery delivering enough words to get us quickly through the plot. And it is the plot that is the point.
    Interesting enough as a story, but the price paid is evident in the interplay between Lieutenant Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley which remains two dimensional.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful

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