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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Truly enjoyed!

I was completely hooked from the very beginning. The story is masterfully written and the narrators performance is exceptional. I was brought in by the action but ultimately found myself enthralled in the romance between the characters. Hands down my all time favorite. This performance is why I joined Audible!

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Loved the book, despised the censorship...

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This is the first Hemingway book that I have read. I enjoyed it greatly for a variety of reasons. Hemingway does a phenomenal job with describing everything from the settings, to the characters in the novel. I really enjoyed the dialogue between Jordan and the voice in his head. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly except for the fact that the "strong language" was edited out, and I did not know about that prior to purchase. Had I known that, I would have bought the print version.

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Overall good

This is a classic, though at times as with all Hemingway novels some of the poetics are a bit tedious and annoying... But it is great nonetheless. One thing about the actual audio production, there is a point where they must change microphones or production equipment because the reader sounds completely different. So much so that I had to stop listening for a day or so to forget the old voice...

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Great storytelling

Best voicing yet. Campbell brought the story alive. The story itself, ofcourse is a vivid classic.

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why all the fuss about Hemingway?

I had never read Hemingway, and I'd heard that this was one of his best, so I decided to try it. The story was worth following, but the self-conscious and laboured style was exhausting. Life being short, I don't intend to read anything by him again soon.

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obscenity

This is an excellent performance of a great book. the only negative is the editing out of "harsh" language and replacing with the word "obscenity". it was extremely distracting and took away from the power of hemmingways prose

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Pretty good

Pretty darn good to be honest worms book but still a great read for most

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Never a fan of Hemingway until now

All I can say is Wow! Don't know why I couldn't get into Hemingway as a younger man. Now I get it. Beautiful story wonderfully performed.

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Ridiculous

edited for profanity, awful. Not a great start to a free trial. Have learned to read reviews before purchase, I will not be duped again.

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Clasic Hemingway!

Great story, and narrator did a fantastic job. Story moved slow and yet always held my attention.