adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B0821SC3ZP
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B0821SC3ZP

Try our newest plan – unlimited listening to select audiobooks, Audible Originals, and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
$7.95 a month after 30 day trial. Upgrade or cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.47

Buy for $24.47

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story….

Summer, 1926. Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley, take refuge from the blazing heat of Paris in a villa in the south of France. They swim and play bridge, and drink gin with abandon. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley's best friend. She is also Ernest's lover. Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong.

Narrated by Hemingway's four wives - Hadley, Fife, Martha, and Mary - and peopled with members of the fabled "Lost Generation" - including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald - Mrs. Hemingway paints a complex portrait of the man behind the legend and the women behind the man, a riveting tale of passion, love, and heartbreak.

©2014 Naomi Wood (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

More from the same

What listeners say about Mrs. Hemingway

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    64
  • 4 Stars
    44
  • 3 Stars
    19
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    61
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    52
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Only for the great man’s biggest fans

If you love Hemingway & his writing, this novel might offer a different perspective - that of the women with whom he interacted most deeply & passionately. If, however, you seek great writing that can stand on its own merit, this isn’t it. The writing is repetitive & the pacing far too slow. The characterization is superficial at best. What the book could have offered was some deeper sense of why Hemingway appealed to these women (other than his obvious celebrity) & how the malaise of the Jazz Era might have affected both the beginnings & endings of each relationship. In the end, we know very little about these characters - a depth of knowledge that should have driven the book’s narrative. Hemingway’s relationships with women should have provided rich ground for a book from the womens’ little-noticed perspective. But this book ended up being very little more than a recitation of happenings on a timeline. Fiction frees the novelist from the mere recitation of facts. As fiction,”Mrs. Hemingway” could have given us a rich tapestry of emotions & experiences, loosely built around the great man & his writing. It could have been infused with a sense of time & place. But this novel failed utterly in creating that kind of a world for us.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

EXTRAORDINARY

As a Hemingway fan this made me smile! I loved every second of it! Wonderfully done!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Paris, Key West, Spanish and Idaho Wives

Naomi Wood singlehandedly leaps over the competition with a sequel to The Paris Wife (which was by Paula McLain) that also covers the other wives of Ernest Hemingway although in a shorter format by dedicating roughly ¼ of the book each to Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn and Mary Welsh.

The book is told in succeeding first-person accounts by each of the women, usually at the time of the end of each of their marriages (in Mary Welsh's case after Hemingway's passing) with flashbacks to earlier happier times. Naomi Wood does a great job at capturing the main character of each woman and Kate Reading does an equally fine job at narrating for each of them. Martha Gellhorn comes across as perhaps a bit softer toned than she was reputed to be in real life and Mary Welsh's section is light on the difficulties of the final years, but that just leaves room for future historical fiction accounts. There is at least one completely fictional character that is used to slightly tie the 4 stories together - a book collector / profiteer named Harry Cuzzemano makes cameo appearances throughout while seeking rare Hemingway editions or manuscripts. Perhaps this is a commentary on the greater Hemingway industry which seems to be never ending with the ongoing publication of 20 volumes of letters and new "restored" editions of each of the writer's own works being slowly released as well (A Farewell to Arms & A Moveable Feast so far, and The Sun Also Rises this summer 2014).

There does now seem to be a whole new burgeoning genre of Hemingway inspired historical fiction, whether it is macho stuff like Dan Simmons "The Crook Factory" or the more romance inclined Erika Robuck's "Hemingway's Girl" (where 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer plays a large role). As a Hemingway nut I can only say the more the merrier.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Just OK

I liked the book, because I love the genre. But in the end I was just wishing it to be over. The story has been told. It is the job of historical fiction to make the reader desire to listen to the very end, because of the untold emotions and (fictional) dialogue that really make the characters come alive. I feel like this book was just a telling of facts that I already knew.

Compared to other books like The Aviator's Wife, Circling The Sun, etc.. it was a little disappointing.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Terrible narration.

What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

She has a strange way of pronouncing words by dragging the out. She is very irritating to listen to.

Any additional comments?

This could have been a good book but I couldn't get past the narration.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Wives

I’ve read The Paris Wife and Love in Ruin. They left me wanting to know more about the women Hemingway loved. This novel did not disappoint. An accurate depiction of the wives and mistresses of Hemingway. The crossovers between the books made me chuckle as you would only pick up on them if you read all these novels. Great read

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

MORE LIKE THIS PLEASE

A wonderful read, delivered expertly. I will look for more by Ms Wood and Kate Reading

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book

Great book gives lots of history on Hemingway and lifestyle
Highly recommended book and is told in such a way to respect the wives

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great story

What a great audiobook. So excited to hear the story of the woman who made Earnest.