Papa Hemingway

Narrated by: Robert Stack
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Between 1948 and 1961, Ernest Hemingway and A. E. Hotchner traveled together, fished the waters off Cuba, hunted in Idaho, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. And everywhere they went, they talked.

For 14 years, Hotchner and Hemingway shared their thoughts and as Hemingway reminisced about his childhood, recalled the Paris literary scene of the 20s, and recounted the real events that lay behind his fiction, Hotchner took it all down.

His notes provide the material for this utterly profound and truthfully compassionate best-selling memoir about Ernest Hemingway.

©1983 A. E. Hotchner (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Brilliant.... Hotchner deserves to be compared not only to Capote, but to Boswell." ( The New York Times)
"Remarkable...makes Hemingway live for us as nothing else has done." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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Drastically abridged

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Ironically, no--and I love the book. I've read "Papa Hemingway" at least twice over the years and loved it. But it begs to be read in its entirety, and not in this drastically pared edition.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It's a great story--truly one of the best of its kind (personal memoir) of that generation. However, so much of the richness of Hemingway's extraordinary life is lost in this slashed telling.

How could the performance have been better?

Robert Stack did lots of good work in his day--in movies, TV, and radio. But that's the problem, his performance sounds dated and staccato.

Could you see Papa Hemingway being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, George Clooney as Hemingway--but wait a few years. Aaron Paul as Hotchner--he's ready now.

Any additional comments?

Dear Audible,
Please redo this one.
Sincerely,
A big fan of "Papa Hemingway."

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Great stories, but a little bit of s letdown.

I read Hemingway in love first. I felt a lot of repetition because of that.

Also I admire Robert Stack very much but it was difficult to hear some of the story because of the unique quality of his voice.

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A good listen.

I enjoyed this narrative of E H life. He seemed very human an I feel like I got to know EH a bit.
The only con of this book was that the reader spoke so fast that it took me a while to get in sync. A good, informative, human story.

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Incredible Read

If you could sum up Papa Hemingway in three words, what would they be?

It is difficult for some to understand the genius behind his writings and why once he lost his ability to write ... he felt his life was over. Sad story .. but great read.

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Rich literary history, narration

amazing insight into Hemingway's late life, but narration wasn't optimal. Stack's voice was superb, production was just ok