Written By: Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By: John Slattery

Date: May 2006

Duration: 9 hours 0 minutes


Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel of love during wartime.

Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield, this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.

Hemingway famously rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. A classic novel of love during wartime, “A Farewell to Arms stands, more than eighty years after its first appearance, as a towering ornament of American literature” (The Washington Times).


  • Anonymous

    This audio program brings the World War I struggles of Hemingway's characters to life without detracting from the listener's imagination. The story chronicles the life of an American expatriate commissioned by the Italian army to lead a team of ambulances and his British consort (a beautiful nurse) as they try to eek out some semblance of a "normal" existence in wartime Italy.

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  • Yvette F.

    This narrator was superb. I was totally immersed into the story thanks to him.

  • Archie Worsham

    My favorite of his works.

  • Anonymous

    One of Hemingway’s finest works.

  • Anonymous

    great story, beautifully read, shocking audio track!!!. should be removed from the collection!

  • Richard J.

    I only wish I had read or listened to this long ago so that I could have just enjoyed it again. Thank you to the eloquent, graceful John Slattery for sharing words as though written to be read aloud.

  • Harry H.

    The narrator was excellent. The book, like other Hemingway novels I have read, left me wondering "so what?". It might have been groundbreaking back then, but quite predictable today.

  • Michael C


  • John Wier

    What make a book an enduring classic - when it is still great 80 years after it was written. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms is is that.

  • Amir Esfahani

    Wow...so well read. Holy moly...download it! I actually feared up on this reading. One of the best audio books I have downloaded...will revisit.

  • Dauntless

    I must admit I have a real love/hate relationship with Hemmingway and this is one I truly loved. It is an excellent example of Hemmingway at his finest and is a highly recommended classic. The narration is also very well done.

  • Anne

    I'm always impressed with how current Hemingway's books seem (Katherine's character is a little weak, but...). John Slattery did an excellent job with the narration, especially the Italians.

  • nittany1979

    My 2nd experience with Hemingway, as I just listened to THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA last week. I enjoy the basic prose the Hemingway presents his stories in. Very basic premise in which to conjour up my own elaborate storyline in my mind. Excellent character development, especially with the Italians. Narrator did a great job of using voices and really captured the essence of this tale. Well done, worth the rental!

  • Anonymous

    Not a bad narration at all. Clear quality of voice.

  • Guner

    Have you ever read a book that was without peak or valleys but was instead a steady roll. This is the book. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed it until it was over. It's one that I'll remember.

  • DY

    My favorite of the Hemingway novels I have read. A good blend of great story, great writing. War time history and romance. Hemingway has become one of my favorites.

  • Cheryl Barrett

    I read this book long ago in my first years in college. I recalled that it had a big impact on me and I wondered if time would dull it. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the book still packs the emotional punches that make it an enduring classic. The reader is good, especially in the role of Rinaldi. This is war and the "live for today" result of living in a seemingly never ending war environment. The female is insipid but as the story unfolds, one learns why. This is a book to be read by men and women, both of whom will come away wiser about the other and the real world in which we live.

  • Anonymous

    Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms is an enduring classic--and for good reason. War, love, and heartbreak are as relevant now as always. There's a reason Hemingway is rated as one of the best American authors; reading A Farewell to Arms will remove any lingering doubt about his right to be thus celebrated.

  • Joanne Hagerman

    Hemingway is as good to read in 2007 as he was in the 1930's. He writes descriptive, observant, emotional scenes of the war in Italy which makes it seem very real. Cold, wet, muddy, dangerous, with hunger, wet clothes, bad decisions, and a girl waiting for him. It is a good out-loud read.

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