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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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    ken 03-08-17
    ken 03-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great novel, great narration, terrible production"

    The famed novel that marked the beginning of Ernest Hemingway's great career. An American officer in the service of Italy during WW1 meets and English nurse..... John Slattery makes an outstanding performance. His accent and speech of the English translation of Italian is convincing. He even does a good woman's voice.
    But this is not an unabridged production. Misleading advertising during the description. So many words are censored out leaving the listener wondering what was said. I would prefer to have had Mr. Hemingway's actual writing, but if some words were too offensive for the producer I would rather the words be replaced with a similar word of the same meaning.
    I recommend you find a true unabridged version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Telfer 02-20-17
    Josh Telfer 02-20-17
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    "Well-written but lacking integrity"
    What would have made A Farewell to Arms better?

    Having multiple voice actors would have been nice as many of the Italian male characters sounded the same and the female characters sounded masculine.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Hemingway’s story?

    The takeaway.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Slattery’s performances?

    More likely if it is a narrated story that does not involved voice acting.


    What character would you cut from A Farewell to Arms?

    All the characters fit the story. None.


    Any additional comments?

    May hold reader's attention well and may be great for Hemingway fans, but not a very beneficial story... written well and entertaining. Not a book worth re-reading for personal edification.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 02-16-17
    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 02-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Still a classic. Still moving."

    I went into reading this book like I approach vegetables: I really ought to do this. However, this book turned out to be spaghetti squash: quirky, but tasty and surprisingly satisfying.

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    Jonathan R. Lane 02-13-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Unique"

    Ernest Hemingway has a very unique writing style that seems to be pretty hit or miss. I do not know if I would have enjoyed this book without it being read aloud. The story is as much a love story as it is a war story.

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    Amazon Customer 02-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Should be read the way it was written"

    Didn't like the fact the language was changed to remove any swear words. It should be read the way the author wrote it. Otherwise it would have received 5 stars. Next Hemingway audio book I purchase will be from another publisher.

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    me 01-09-17
    me 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "not for me"

    very unlikeable characters, idle meaningless chatter, and alcoholism. that's the story. then again I'm not a romanist, so this book in general wasn't a good one for me. depends on what you like in a book.

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    Steve 12-30-16
    Steve 12-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A great classic story."

    Really enjoyed the narration. Especially the accents. Lots of drama but a sad way to end.

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    Frank 12-06-16
    Frank 12-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Great book. Not as good as For Whom the Bell Tolls in my opinion but still a great.

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    danni 10-25-16
    danni 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "voices"

    the one guy doing all the characters voices got to be a little distracting at times.

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    Barbara 08-26-16
    Barbara 08-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "memories "

    brought back memories of when I first read this as a student ,very enjoyable indeed.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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