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To Have and Have Not is the dramatic story of Harry Morgan, an honest man who is forced into running contraband between Cuba and Key West as a means of keeping his crumbling family financially afloat. His adventures lead him into the world of wealthy and dissipated yachtsmen who throng the region, and involve him in a strange and unlikely love affair.

Harsh, realistic, yet with one of the most subtle and moving relationships in the Hemingway oeuvre, To Have and Have Not is literary high adventure at its finest.

©1937 Ernest Hemingway. Copyright renewed ©1965 Mary Hemingway. ©1934 Hearst Magazine, Inc. Copyright renewed ©1962 Mary Hemingway. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved

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"A truly classic author." (Library Journal)

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Love Hemingway, Patton not so much

while I applaud the notion behind getting "name" actors to honor Hemingway by narrating his works, there is a problem that arises too often: good actors are not automatically good narrators. not only did i tire quickly of Patton's breathy whisper which he applies to almost every facet of this novel, it is so passive that it is completely wrong for the prose style and the action. the temperament of the characters, Morgan especially, all seem to blend together into boredom. there is little emotion in any speech, and the poetry in narrative passages is lost into a big homogenous sameness. there are moments when Patton gets more into it, some passages near the end stand out as his better moments of narration, but on the whole the vigor is missing. I felt very much the same way with Hurt's work on Sun Also Rises; it's as though they feel that to give this important writer proper reading they must add gravity to the prose by speaking slowly and quietly. the crispness and vitality of the prose doesn't need their improvement, it just needs a proper reading. again i find myself thinking back to Adams narrations from Books on Tape, I don't remember ever feeling like he was bored with the project; nice to have variation in theory, but give me his vitality. (Campbell Scott is much the same way as Hurt and Patton, and let's not start on Sutherland)

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Nostalgic read.

We just saw the movie and recently visited Key West where we toured Hemingway's home. "To Have and Have Not" was discussed during the tour so we thought we would reread (hear) a book we read in high school. Great listen -- colorful characters and a visit to history we have long forgotten. A little uncomfortable at the beginning with descriptions of African-Americans and terms we do not hear today.
Recommend this highly.

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  • Kenneth
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 01-05-09

A Good Reading of a Bleak Novel

To Have and Have Not is a difficult book to love, despite this well-handled reading of the text. The story is bleak, violent and pessimistic in tone, set as it is during the Great Depression, and leaves little room for hope to redeem its bleakness. The novel also jumps between points of views and characters instead of sticking with one narrator or protagonist. This creates a novel with less unity, though Hemingway's intent seems to be to give readers a look at both the wealthy and the poor and the troubles endured by both. However, this omniscient point of view is less popular with modern readers and many will interpret these passages as digressions. Hemingway himself is said to have regarded it as his least successful novel. Still, it is an eye-opening look into a now half-forgotten era.

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  • Ron
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 04-05-13

Rambling Ernest at his best

No doubt Ernest Hemingway looked at life in a clear plain way. This story gets you inside the heads of many characters. Not really going anywhere, in no particular order, is the beauty of it. Simplicity and clarity of voice is the trademark, and what makes this another great listen from the man himself.

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  • nfaulk
  • Galveston, TX USA
  • 09-13-12

Moving story, great narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of To Have and Have Not to be better than the print version?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of To Have and Have Not?

I was moved when Hemingway had multiple people, that were unrelated to the main characters in the story, expose their nightly bedtime thoughts, worries, and general perceptions. It's good to be pulled up from a story you are so embedded in and reminded that life is going on around your primary characters.

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Will Patton does an excellent job with accents and inflections in just the right places. Hemingway's sentences can get pretty long and descriptive, but Patton never misses a beat.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Harry Morgan is trying his hardest to get his last, dying words out. And when he finally does, the crew around him thinks it jibberish, but you as the reader, with an inside view, know the truth.

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Move Over Dostoyevsky, You Have a Comrade:

Your New Comrade Though Just Writes a Little More to the Point.

Where have I been? I have read at least six Hemingway novels, and not until “To Have and Have Not” did I ever consider him an existentialist. Harry Morgan suffers through his Hemingway given chores (Morgan’s thoughts and actions in carrying out the story) being totally disorientated by all the absurd and harmful threats the world throws at him. Yet, in an unrelentingly vicious manner he reacts and responds. It is those four or five episodes of Harry Morgan’s venal acts – he will do anything to servive and to provide for his Depression suffering family - that make this novel a bewildering but memorable tale. And yes, there is the Hemingway style of writing. Simplistically poignant.

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  • lisa
  • natalia, texas, United States
  • 07-09-12

Wonderful!'

What made the experience of listening to To Have and Have Not the most enjoyable?

Will Patton did such an amazing job! He had the characters perfectly!

What did you like best about this story?

Of course Hemingways style. He wrote so descriptively. You feel as if you are there!

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was able to give each character a distinct personality.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

A must listen!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good Read

Enjoyed this very much...easy to listen and follow. Wonderfully read and awesome story line by fabulous writer.

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Good story, Good reading

Would you consider the audio edition of To Have and Have Not to be better than the print version?

i never read the print version

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it is thought provoking.

Any additional comments?

Good sound recording. Good Narration and story telling.

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a work apart from his others

loved this book and the way it jumped between perspectives of other characters. a lot different than hemingway’s other works. great performance by the narrator. highly recommended

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  • juliana
  • 01-13-16

Loved the dialogue and incredible narration

What else to say beyond the headline? Superbly written by Hemingway, bleak, to the point, sometimes with a tenderness under the despair.
A novel during the US recession era set between Miami and Cuba which got Hemingway into trouble for its supposedly Marxist content.
The highlight for me though was the incredible narration of Will Patton who brought Hemingway's language and the mood to life. The best narrator I've come across on Audible, possibly also because he was backed by a full production team who gets credited in the end.
More Audible of this quality please!!!

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  • Ian
  • 03-30-15

captivating

Hemmingway is consistently brilliant.
There is no one else like him in their description of scenes, characters and dialogue.
absolutely wonderful.

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  • David
  • 02-08-15

Great in parts but redeemed by performance

Not the greatest but contains interesting passages. Pity as it had the essence of a great storyline. The archaic language references to race could be offensive.The narrator was excellent.

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  • Sarah
  • 12-04-14

Disappointing

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have been trying to catch up with my "serious literature" education, and realised I had only ever read a couple of short stories by Hemingway, which I hadn't enjoyed very much. I should have quit while I was ahead. Although I enjoyed The Old Man and the Sea, and I can see the "worthiness" of To Have and Have Not, I can only think that American Classics students would appreciate it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Hemingway again?

I've since tried For Whom The Bell Tolls, believing that there must be some reason he's an American Icon. It was even worse, and I actually admitted defeat after a couple of hours. I hate doing that. At least I have found out I definitely don't like Hemingway.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator made things worse. It was so dull and flat and very annoying (I think it's the same narrator in the other books), and strangely at odds with the macho man image I have of Hemingway.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did feel I learned quite a bit about pre-revolution Cuba, which was why I was reading it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful