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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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One of the Best

This may be Hemingway’s finest work. There is something about the way he captures the climate of the war that at is truly remarkable.

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Gold stars for Sterling storytelling

To put into perspective, this story, with its characters so relatable and it’s plot so enduring, would have taken place 100 years ago. How astonishing it is that some things are truly timeless- Hemingway being one of them. An excellent story richly told with Hemingway’s magnificent succinct understated style. The description of the Italian front, Switzerland, and the life of the First World War are painted before you magnificently. I would say don’t read to many reviews on here because some people insist on sprinkling with HUGE spoilers-annoying if you are a first time reader/listener. Also as a double fan of mad men, listening to this classic as told by John Slattery (roger sterling) all the better. Brilliant performance-truly I don’t think I’ll ever read Hemingway with a different voice but his. Must read!

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A Classic but tragic book

A Farewell to Arms is a classic which ends tragically. An American ambulance driver who fought in Italy with Italian troops experienced war and falls in love with a British nurse. I wad hoping that it would end happily for the couple, but the baby they were hoping to have dies at the end and his wife dies in childbirth.

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This voice actor and the story

The story was so good I had to get the kindle version just to save quotes and re-read it. The voice actor is one of the best and does a fine job of speaking with various accents and portraying different characters for both the men and women. Increíble!

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great narration

great narration! changing if voice makes it very easy to follow dialogue throughout the story.

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Best Narration Ever

What can you say? It was phenomenal. Quite an experience. The story was great, but I loved the simple dialogue. I like how he constantly described the food and drink in every scene.

The narrator is so remarkable. He doesn't sound like he's reading at all. It sounds like a first person account from someone who lived the entire story.

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John Slattery’s wonderful presentation

Keeping to the format currently on the screen, I loved the Mr.Slattery’s impressions and tone while depicting separate entities, even doing accents and natural-feeling exclamations. I do dislike how the main character remains in one single voice for the entire duration of the read, but that may be for ease of interpretation. The book itself was descriptive, and not afraid to “throw” the blunt hammer of reality at the viewer and can make you very attached to side characters, not just the protagonist. Many traits and purposes seen in the old days of Hemingway’s WW1 can also be applied to everyday life of our own and that just adds yet another layer of love for the book and it’s very strong ending. Would suggest this personally for any young or older reader looking for feelings that you get after a very long drama movie, without the movie.

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heart breaking

great story, makes me think of how fragile, hard andf bitter Sweet life can be

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Censorship

The story was absolutely wonderful, and John Slattery’s performance of it phenomenal.

My only critique is that this version does censor some of the language. It didn’t really take away from the overall effect of the story, and it didn’t affect my comprehension. However, I feel that classic literature should be preserved precisely and also that no person has a right to alter the writing of someone as skilled an artist as Ernest Hemingway.

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The perfect narrator for the perfect book

They should start giving out awards to audible narrators. John Slattery truly brought the story to life. Doesn't hurt that this is one of the best books ever written.