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Publisher's Summary

Before he gained wide fame as a novelist, Ernest Hemingway established his literary reputation with his short stories. Set in the varied landscapes of Spain, Africa, and the American Midwest, this definitive audio collection traces the development and maturation of Hemingway's distinct and revolutionary storytelling style - from the plain bald language of his first story to his mastery of seamless prose that contained a spare, eloquent pathos, as well as a sense of expansive solitude. These stories showcase the singular talent of a master, the most important American writer of the 20th century.

The Short Stories, Volume 1 features Stacy Keach reading favorites including:

  • The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
  • The Capital of the World
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  • Old Man at the Bridge
  • Up in Michigan
  • On the Quai at Smyrna
  • Indian Camp
  • The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife
  • The End of Something
  • The Three-Day Blow
  • The Battler
  • A Very Short Story
  • Soldier's Home
  • The Revolutionist
  • Mr. and Mrs. Elliot
  • Cat in the Rain
  • Out of Season
  • Cross-Country Snow
  • ©1953 Ernest Hemingway, All Rights Reserved (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Beautiful.

    The language feels as good as it sounds. What a treasure. And the reader injects personality and heart.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    A great introduction!

    What did you love best about The Short Stories, Volume I?

    I confess that I haven't read anything by Ernest Hemingway since I was forced to do so in high school. My teachers TOLD me what a phenomenal writer he was, but my teenaged self failed to appreciate it. So, fast forward a few years and imagine my utter delight and surprise. His writing is clean, precise, succinct; his stories are still relevant and entertaining. I am now a huge fan and am gobbling up everything I can!

    What did you like best about this story?

    Stacy Keach was the perfect choice to narrate this collection. HIs voice was expressive, gritty and hard when required, soft and passionate.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    Highly recommended and I'm picky

    Classic Hemingway stories beautifully read.
    I am picky about narrator's voices; Stacy is one of the best.
    I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Jerry``
    • Sydney, N/A, Australia
    • 03-16-04

    Papa wouldn't have like this recording.

    Papa was pretty particular and sometimes labored over a sentence, let alone a paragraph, for hours at a time and his great forte as perhaps the greatest author of prose in the English language in the 20th century was his literary style, his sparce descriptions, what the rain felt like, looked like, and perhaps what it portended. This is an excellent group of short stories, representative of Hemingway's finer works, with only a few obvious omissions (I'm referring to both Vol 1 and II). They are, however, generally well done and the narrator is capable. But Hemingway is not about "the story" or the theme or the plot of whatever he's writing. My rating of this at 4 stars reflects the disappointment any serious reader of Hemingway will have in not having the written pages before him/her, to read that delightful first sentence which inevitablish introduces each chapter of a novel or a story. Not Hemingway at his best, but if the listener wants a taste these two volumes are a good place to start. But for heavens sake, dear God, please read the written stories too. These make a nice companion for a weekend with a bit of interruption. Listen to one on your iPod and stop, then pick it up and be ready for the next.

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    Hemingway's hard to beat

    I "read" this one at the end of a Hemingway binge, and it doesn't measure up to For Whom the Bell Tolls, but still good reading.

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    • Angelyn
    • Memphis, TN, United States
    • 04-30-12

    A great introduction!

    What did you love best about The Short Stories, Volume I?

    I confess that I haven't read anything by Ernest Hemingway since I was forced to do so in high school. My teachers TOLD me what a phenomenal writer he was, but my teenaged self failed to appreciate it. So, fast forward a few years and imagine my utter delight and surprise. His writing is clean, precise, succinct; his stories are still relevant and entertaining. I am now a huge fan and am gobbling up everything I can!

    What did you like best about this story?

    Stacy Keach was the perfect choice to narrate this collection. HIs voice was expressive, gritty and hard when required, soft and passionate.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    Clarinet music has got to go!

    Christ! that clarinet music between chapters would blow my eardrums out! To survive this recording with your hearing intact you'll need to be quick with your volume controls. Keach's brilliant performance was almost worth it though.

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    Beautiful novels in a calm voice.

    Satisfying quality! If you are looking for some great short stories in an audiobook format, this is a good option for you.

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    Not to My Taste

    Well, I had heard about Hemingway's gift for storytelling and getting the reader involved so I was excited to read this volume. However, I had a lot of difficulty separating the stories and characters. I often wondered which was the beginning or ending of a story, or whether the characters who had the same names played the same roles in each story. The characters seemed different but yet the same in different roles. My taste runs towards more defined storytelling with clear beginnings and endings. I am sure that many can get past the blending and enjoy what each character has to offer -- however brief. I guess it was simply not my cup of tea. I will not be purchasing volume 2.

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    Stacy Keach fades on sentences

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brilliant book by brilliant author.

    What didn’t you like about Stacy Keach’s performance?

    Stacy Keach fades on many sentences, thus making it impossible to hear. This is particularly noticed in an automobile environment. The quiet passages are impossible to hear. This dynamic range is appropriate for the stage but NOT for reading a book. Narrow the dynamic range, Stacy, we are listening to Hemingway not you!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful