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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By: Campbell Scott

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2006

Duration: 16 hours 25 minutes


Hemingway's classic novel of the Spanish Civil War

In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war; 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, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. Surpassing his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway creates 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 to Hemingway after reading the manuscript, 'no one ever so completely performed it.' For Whom the Bell Tolls stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.


  • Albert

    This is one of the great novels of the 20th Century. The expert narration and voice characteristics of the narrator make it one of the materpieces of the Simply Audiobooks collection. I had not read it, so I was looking forward to it. I was not disappointed. If you are not familiar with the history surrounding the Spanish Civil War (1930s), I suggest you read something in preparation to give you the context.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Allott B.

    Disappointed. Had not read it but have enjoyed many of Hemingway's works. The Sun Also Rises is a favourite. Especially read out loud (I will read it now) the rhythm and repetition were brutal. The narration was outstanding making the prose all the more suspect. An important work and I will read it soon but...I need a break to be fair. Passionate but leaves me wondering.

  • Lauren M.

    Enjoyed this book very much! Great narration Mr. Scott!

  • Deborah D.

    I have taught books by Hemingway in the past, but had only seen the classic movie version of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The book far surpassed my already high expectations and the experience was greatly enhanced by the superb reader who did an outstanding job with the dialogue and voices of various characters and Robert Jordan's interior monologues. I highly recommend this audiobook. I fully agree with the helpful and positive comments below by Albert and Freya Scott-Turner.

  • Freya Scott-Turner

    Gripping story and brilliantly read!

  • Tonya Morris

    I know this book is a classic and that is partly why I chose to read if but it took a while to get going. Robert Jordan was my kind of hero, the unlikely, I don't give a sh*t sort. This book brings up some facts about war I think we can still learn from. I found Hemmingway's

  • Tierza Pope

    Loved this book. Excellent classical read!! I believe everyone needs to read this book

  • Anonymous

    Classic novel, amazing reader. I didn't want my commute to end!

  • Anonymous

    Didn't want this book to end. Excellent read/listen :)

  • Anonymous

    A great novel by any standard, and a must read for lovers of literature. The story is set during the Spanish civil war in 1937 -- very important to the character development -- but it is really about a man coming to terms with his life and its value. The novel covers only a few days, but is actually a life-time for Robert Jordan. He discovers love, compassion, friendship, sacrifice, and ultimately peace. One of the most impressive aspects of this novel is Hemingway's skill at making you feel as if you are reading (listening to) the book in Spanish. The words thrown in and the grammar/syntax are expertly worked. I've never read anything even close to his skill at this. Masterful. When it is done, you will hear Robert Jordan's voice echoing in your head for days.

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