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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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    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
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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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    Amber Charlotte, NC, United States 03-29-17
    Amber Charlotte, NC, United States 03-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing narrator brought this classic to life!"

    I love love love this audible of A Farewell to Arms! John Slattery is absolutely incredible and brings every emotion and scene to life.

    The story is funny, moving and thought provoking all at the same time.

    Highly recommend!

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