A Bell for Adano

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Hersey

Narrated By: David Green

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: December 1996

Duration: 8 hours 45 minutes


John Hersey grew up in China, studied at Yale and Cambridge, worked as a journalist, and astonished the nation when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for A Bell for Adano. His first novel, its offbeat blend of patriotism and warm humor immediately captured readers' hearts. In 1943, the American Major Victor Joppolo finds himself the civil affairs officer-the mayor-of a small town in Sicily. Equipped with the rulebook, How to Bring American Democracy to Liberated Territories, he sets about bringing choices to a people whose every recent activity had been dictated. Asking them what the town needs most, he is answered: give the town back its spirit-a bell to replace the 700-year-old one that was melted down for bullets. The major soon discovers that he may not be able to guarantee democracy for the ancient town, but he can do something about the bell. His story is one of humanity in the midst of war's cruelty, and conviction in a maze of military bureaucracy.


  • Albert

    This is a good story about an aspect of war one seldom reads about. Chasing the bad guys out of town is one thing, but what do you do to restore a rule of law after they have left. There is balance. Not all of us are good guys all of the time, so the problem needs to be approached carefully. This is easy-listening. The story is a bit contrived, but mainly believable. The characters are three-dimensional. It was well-narrated. I enjoyed it.

Bell for Adano

by John Hersey

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