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For Whom the Bell Tolls Audiobook

For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Publisher's Summary

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise.

"If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

©1952 Ernest Hemingway; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is the best book Ernest Hemingway has written, the fullest, the deepest, the truest. It will, I think, be one of the major novels in American literature." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Tammy 10-29-08
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    "My first Hemingway and I'm hooked!!"

    I've never read anything from Hemingway but this was fantastic. His discriptions are so specific you can hear the water running, see the snow falling and feel the warmth of the fire. You love or hate his characters because he does such a wonderful job of building their personalities. Can't wait to start my next book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vida T. Yancy 03-15-10
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    "Obsenity thee"

    What a good book with a great narrator. Why edit the curse words? It is a huge distraction and is not true to an "undabridged version"!

    40 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia 09-10-12
    Marcia 09-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "There's better out there."

    Perhaps a different narrator would have made a difference. I've enjoyed Campbell Scott's performances in the past. This time he sounds completely different, uninterested and in need of a cup of coffee. It's a short read in print or find a different narrator. Reading took away from the story so I can't give it more stars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-06-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-06-15 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "Great story, great writing, really enjoyable."

    Everyone has a different concept of what makes great literature. For at least one friend of mine it has a lot to do with the use of literary devices and surprising twists. That's fine, but I think to be great literature, you have to start with a great story. Without a satisfying and sensible story, you've got nothing no matter how cleverly the story is constructed.

    Fortunately, For Whom the Bell Tolls is, in my books, great literature. It is a compelling war story and it is superbly told (and very well narrated as well).

    It is the story of an American who volunteers to fight in the Spanish Civil War against the fascists and with (are you sitting down, my American friends?) the communists. He is assigned a very difficult mission and faces serious challenges created by a key member of his team, among other causes. The story takes place over a couple of days, but there is a lot of drama and genuine-feeling emotion packed into those days. I don't want to spoil the story, so I'll stop there.

    If you want to read a great war story and enjoy some great writing, look no further! I really enjoyed it, as have generations before me have and as generations after me will. Don't miss out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie DALLAS, TX, United States 02-11-14
    Jessie DALLAS, TX, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dont listen to the silly reviews"
    What did you love best about For Whom the Bell Tolls?

    This book is NOT censored. It is an odd device Hemingway employs by substituting "obscenity" or "unprintable" for Spanish cuss words. Well narrated, great writing.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Austin, TX 08-24-13
    Kevin Austin, TX 08-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Tedious"
    What would have made For Whom the Bell Tolls better?

    The induction of Brevity


    What could Ernest Hemingway have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More editing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    those involving action


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Campbell Scott did a good job of narrating a bloated dialogue. I drive for a living and found that I missed whole passages to daydreaming because of the lack of action in this book. Internalized dialogue is quite frankly boring and this book is mostly that. I like Hemingway, one of my favorites is the Sun Also Rises, but I chose poorly in this instance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 04-06-12
    Gary 04-06-12 Member Since 2010

    I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.

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    "A wonderful and stimulating experience"

    My second Hemingway in a month in a life that previously had ignored this great man. Lovely performance by Mr Scott. I guess that's in his genes.

    Because of this book I have been to Wikipedia so many times, from articles on the Spanish Civil War, to the page dedicated to Spanish profanity. When you listen, you 'll see why. This book is entertains and moves you, but also broadens you knowledge of world history. What more could you ask for? I thought about the famous Chapter 10 for days afterward.

    Now I am moving on to The Old Man and the Sea.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin San Marcos, CA, USA 06-04-07
    Benjamin San Marcos, CA, USA 06-04-07
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    "Very satisfied"

    This was my first experience with an audio book, and I was impressed. Having never read this classic, I figured a long driving trip would be a perfect opportunity to try audible.com's offering. The reader amazed me with his ability to use foreign accents and different voice tones -- acting out the various characters. Without question, this was worth the money. I will surely buy other audio books in the near future.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Roy 05-15-15
    Marc Roy 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It hasn't been censored."
    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers' complaints that the foul language has been censored is incorrect. Hemingway wrote it as it is read here. Unprintables, and foulnesses, and obscenities in the milk of, are all Hemingway.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George Wyoming 03-10-15
    George Wyoming 03-10-15

    Mountainbiker, Skier, Riverman, Dzedo, Pizzaiolo

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    "Pushing the Limits in 1940"

    I first read this book in high school in the late 60s. In re reading/listening recently, it came across as very musty and dated. It was published during WWII. EH pushed the limits of what was permissible in terms of writing about sexuality and the use of profanity. (He apparently could more freely write about war and violence.) There's a lot of sex, violence and profanity in the book and none of it seems gratuitous. But the contrivances that EH was forced to employ - these seemed artificial and diminished what is otherwise a very powerful read. FWBT is very strong but is also sappy and chauvinistic. I would recommend it as THE Hemingway book to read in order to glimpse why EH is at once considered one of our most accomplished writers but also one of our most ridiculed. It is not his best book but I know of no other book of his that so well reveals his unique strengths along with his weaknesses. A must read for anyone interested in EH, which is anyone interested in American literature. Finally, Campbell Scott is a very good narrator. Hope he does more audiobooks.

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    "Historical Love Storytelling"

    I found the story long and drawn out. It took me a long time to get through this audio book. I would describe this book as a historical love story. It's set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. The main character Robert Jordan, an American teacher now turned Soldier has been assigned the difficult task of blowing up a Fascist bridge by the Republican. However, during the mission he unexpectedly falls in love with Maria. I found this audio book good to listen to and I thought the production a satisfactory standard. I also found the story beautifully dramatised by Campbell Scott.

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  • Elias Belmonte
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    "Great book! And very well played "

    Excelent book. Really gets you in the story, on the war, on the life of the guerrilla, on the last few days before the attack,on the characters' minds.
    No wonder why is one of the best books in history

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  • Gordon Goodall
    9/28/16
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    "It's just a bad reading"

    I like Hemingway, he's not my favourite author but if you can read with time and place in mend then his writing is great. I'm afraid I don't know any other examples of Campbell Scotts work but he forced me to go back to print on this one. It surely just couldn't be the accent but I can't put my finger on it other than I just didn't want to listen anymore. I've almost a hundred audiobooks and this is one of only 2 I've never finished and given how little effort is required to just listen that's not good.

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  • Jos
    9/6/16
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    "A classic that has it all"
    Would you consider the audio edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls to be better than the print version?

    I love the rhythm of Hemmingways sentences. As a non native English speaker i will never be able to get the rhythm as this audio edition can.


    What other book might you compare For Whom the Bell Tolls to, and why?

    The magic mountain by Thomas Mann, both books stretch time by ingenious linguistic descriptions of people and events. Both describe the full spectrum of human imperfection in a way that creates a spark of sympathy for even the most extreme characters.


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not yet


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, the slow but smooth way the story progresses welcomes the occasionally break.But it's always a relief to lose oneself again in the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    All human emotions like love, death, pain, joy, fear, hate and respect in this wonderful tale of a few days in a hostile Spain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    8/1/16
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    "excellent"

    It is as good second time round, as first. Well read and a great story very close to the heart of those involved or whose people were involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    7/8/16
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    "good reading but he needs mis pronounces shone"

    the guy says shone weirdly. apart from that it's a great story and a decent performance. Ivanhoe is up next. wish me luck

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/17/16
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    "Very enjoyable"

    A thoroughly philosophical book with a great story narrated well. Hemingway is masterful in conveying detailed accounts of life outdoors in wartime.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR Garry J Riddoch
    5/24/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Fantastic story, beautifully written. Narrator is excellent too and the swearing a joy to behold!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    5/10/16
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    "Read this"

    A book of truth, of meaning, of life and death. If you read nothing else, read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    2/23/16
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    "A book that must be read"

    A fabulous book with wonderful characters, all of whom I know so well despite being with them for only three days of there lives. Brilliantly written, brilliantly read- as good as it gets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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