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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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    Carl Vermeulen 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I don't get what all the fuss is about."

    I didn't enjoy this book at all. I'm very disappointed, I don't get the fuss about Hemingway. I thought I'd be a fan but it seems I'm not.

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    Denise 09-09-15
    Denise 09-09-15
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    "Didn't enjoy it"

    It was difficult completing the book. Plot was flat and characters uninteresting. Narrator sounded monotonous as well.

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    Grace Peddler 08-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    I can't quite figure out why this book is an enduring classic. The story was average and the characters were flat and uninteresting.

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    Eb123 07-21-15
    Eb123 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    ""classic" failure"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator of this book was incredible, reading nice and clear while giving the characters the accent of their native land. As much as I hate to say this about a book, the reader was the best part of this experience. It was really a shame that someone with his talent wasted over 8 hours of reading on something this bland.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Hemingway’s story?

    If I had to choose, I'd pick the drunken robots Hemingway chose for his characters. They're all bland spoken drunks who all seem to have the same conversation over and over.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last sentence because the torture was over


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

    I would have scrapped the book entirely.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that could make this a classic is its age. I'd rather read a dictionary for a story. This "story" had a slow progression only because Hemingway repeated details of the least importance constantly. He probably cared more about getting paid by the word than making a good story. The romance was unappealing and somewhat sexist. The first paragraph of this book is the same sentence repeated in a different way. Despite being in a war, there was no action. When people are killed the tone remains the same. I felt nothing towards any part of this book. Biggest waste of time. -10/10

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    Mike Ghizzoni 05-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "dry, no attachment to characters"

    the first book of Hemingways that I have listened to. the narration is very good, which is why I stuck with it. but the story ran dry and felt no connection with the characters.

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    G. Ladner Succasunna, NJ United States 03-31-15
    G. Ladner Succasunna, NJ United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2013

    travel captive

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    "Boring"

    I loved For whom the Bell Tolls, so I was surprised at how dull and boring the story was here. And the performance made it hard for me to think these two cared much for each other at all. Disappointed.

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    john 01-31-15
    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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