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A Farewell to Arms

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By: John Slattery

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2006

Duration: 9 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

The definitive edition of the classic novel of love during wartime, featuring all of the alternate endings: “Fascinating…serves as an artifact of a bygone craft, with handwritten notes and long passages crossed out, giving readers a sense of an author’s process” (The New York Times).

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—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.

Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway’s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway’s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.

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  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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

    excellent

  • 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.

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