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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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    Caitlyn 02-23-16
    Caitlyn 02-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great voice"

    Love it, the readers voice particularly appropriate. handles some of the more grammatically peculiar Hemingway phrasing very well.

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    Vincent Delisi 02-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great title, lousy story."

    Was expecting so much more. Hemingway's life apparently much more interesting than his writing. Got half way and just couldn't muscle through it. Truly boring.

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    Charles E Howard 12-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Supreme"

    Reading this leaves no doubt about the greatness of Ernest Hemingway. As a native Spanish speaker I can say that his mastery of the Spanish-language end of the nuances of its expressions are truly amazing. They are dead on. His interpretation of life, love, war, idealism, goodness, evil, cruelty and compassion are spellbinding. This is must reading for every human being. I don't think there has been another man like Hemingway. And, by the way, you'll be surprised to know that I hate communist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 10-13-15
    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 10-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.

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    "A masterpiece"

    Compassionate, brutal. wise--in sum unflinching realism. War is used as stage to explore the perineal issues ending in mystery.

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    Matt 09-27-15
    Matt 09-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow moving, right up to the bad ending."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better ending and story.


    Has For Whom the Bell Tolls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was fine.


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

    Disappointment and confusion on why this is considered a great book. It was quite horrible at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Never reading Hemingway again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 09-23-15
    Jerry 09-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Touching"

    Laughed throughout , nail biting edge of seat action, embracing love story, emotional events with realism and devotion... best read.

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    dachi 09-15-15
    dachi 09-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "what a disappointment"

    i barely got through first 3h of the book.. i don't think it even deserves 1 start...

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    hugh hungerford 09-13-15
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    "Wonderful!"

    This story has it all, bravery for a cause , love set against all the odds, and heartbreaking account of the Spanish civil war. You'd have to be heartless not to be moved by this famous book.

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    Cynthia Toledo, Spain 09-09-15
    Cynthia Toledo, Spain 09-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful performance of a classic!"

    I had been wanting to delve into some of the classics but I've been put off by the narration. I like Campbell Scott as an actor and the smoke convinced me to give it s go. I was not disappointed! Scott adds just enough emotion to the sometimes flat affect of the protagonist. Scott provides nice accent to the snippets in French and Spanish.

    The story with which I was only vaguely familiar was told with detail do gritty and precise that I was "there" with the characters. I not only "saw" what was happening, but Hemingway's prose made me "feel" the cold of night, the sun on my face, the warmth of the fire, the shaking if the ground, the beating of hearts. I had read Hemingway in high school but never appreciated the emotion he was able to evoke. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate the adult experiences--feeling of duty, loss, love, disappointment, shame, etc. this time, I felt every emotion the characters felt and that was the mastery of Hemingway.

    If you think you don't like Hemingway because we "had" to read him when you were younger, I encourage you to give him another read or listen.

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    elizabeth waklee LITTLE FALLS, MN, US 09-07-15
    elizabeth waklee LITTLE FALLS, MN, US 09-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story. very interesting story line. fun to "

    Good story. very interesting story line. fun to listen tp. Hemingway is an artist. The characters were very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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