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A Farewell to Arms Audiobook

A Farewell to Arms

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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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    john 01-31-15
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    "Struggled to finish."

    I thought there was too much repetitive and trivial conversation. I. almost gave up on finishing the book a couple of times.

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    Teddy H. North Hollywood 01-14-15
    Teddy H. North Hollywood 01-14-15 Member Since 2013

    Avid listener. Lover of stories and story tellers!

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    "before my time?"

    Can't say this was up my alley. I'm sure at the time it was written and for people who lived through the war, and for people who experienced Hemingway as he entered onto the scene, this book stood out as phenomenal. But having grown up long past the time that this book saw it's hay day, I have to say I found it kind of boring. I suppose I have no context in which to appreciate it, but, well, that is my experience.
    That being said, I made it through this book. I absorbed a lot of really great moments that are scattered throughout it, and I came to a better understanding of what makes hemingway a great writer, but I would give most of the credit for this to narrator John Slattery, who made long conversations, or even longer description of day to day nothings enjoyable to listen to, simply because listening to him speak is so enjoyable. His easy going delivery, and charming characterizations, his skill in choosing which sentences were important and which to throw away, made this book for me. I will, perhaps, give it one more listen sometime down the road.

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    Derek McDow sacramento 11-05-12
    Derek McDow sacramento 11-05-12 Member Since 2016

    Reading books is what I live for.

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    "Consistently Monotonous"

    Unfortunately (at least for me), Farewell to Arms is more of a readerly notch in the belt, a tick off the "to-read" list than a compelling and sustaining novel. Being a long-time Hemingway devotee and having read all of his other novels, I have to say Farewell to Arms is his weakest. That said, I still endorse reading it.

    In addition to Papa's slow-plodding narrative, John Slattery doesn't do justice to the handful of high-tense moments in the story. Slattery's pace remains painfully consistent despite the obvious head-over-heals moments. In those highly charged scenes I had to actually pause the audio version, locate the spot in the physical text and read it manually to capture the quicker flow and rhythm. (For an example: listen to the mortar-shelling scene to get the idea.) Further, Slattery reads all of the characters with the same Italian tone and accent--men and women, alike. I can usually ignore this petty grievance but in this particular case the monotonous and repetitive characterizations were unavoidably annoying.

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    Steve San Antonio, TX, United States 01-09-12
    Steve San Antonio, TX, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Story?/War Story?"
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or John Slattery?

    Yes, will try another of Hemingway's books to contrast his style with different story lines


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Hemingway again?

    Yes, did not enjoy this one as i was expecting more of a


    What does John Slattery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to inject the accent of each character added to the enjoyment of the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Farewell to Arms?

    Less love story would have appealed to me more.


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    shane GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 11-27-11
    shane GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 11-27-11
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    "A farewell to arms"

    This is a love story. It does have good scenes of war from time to time but as a whole this is a love story. Personally I was hoping for more of the war side of things but I did enjoy the presentation of the characters and the overall plot of the book. It was well writen and well read. I would recomened it.

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    Heidi KILLEEN, TX, United States 11-22-11
    Heidi KILLEEN, TX, United States 11-22-11
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    "Easy listening"

    I liked the reader. He didn't drone me to sleep. It was very easy to listen along and he read at just the right pace. And his voice isn't obnoxious.

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    R. E. Beatty forest, VA, United States 09-17-11
    R. E. Beatty forest, VA, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Classic Hemingway"

    This is a classic tale of love and loss during WWI, and a must read (listen) for any fan of American literature. Slattery does an excellent job of reading the story.

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    Jennifer 08-15-11
    Jennifer 08-15-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Fabulous listen!"

    John Slattery is a wonderful narrator and I will look for many more books by him.

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    maxine Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-04-11
    maxine Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2017
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    "A Farewell to Arms"

    I had to read the book within a week for a English Lit. class in which I had a quiz after completion. There would have been no feasible way I could have done this if I tried to read the book without this tool. Great to listen to and I was able to visualize the settings and the characters..I received an "A" on the quiz.I will continue to order audibles. One last note the voices in the story kept me drawn to what was going to happen next.

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    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 03-31-11
    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Performance"

    I think John Slattery does a great job on this book. First, I have to admit that I first read this novel more than 40 years ago and didn't pick it up again until now. It was the first adult novel that I ever read voluntarily (by adult I mean not The Hardy Boys, etc.). I still like it even though I still remember how it ends. Second, I'm a fan of Slattery from MadMen and many other shows and movies. In this book, he often uses an Italian accent with an ease that makes me think he must have spent a few years there. He also uses at least 4 other accents at various times. It is not at all difficult to "see" Slattery as a young Hemingway during WW 1. One problem I have with Hemingway is keeping track of who is talking during long dialogues. Slattery succeeds most of the time even though I'm driving while listening. I do worry that "The Sun Also Rises" will defeat me as it did when I tried to read it as my second Hemingway.

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