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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: 8 hours 35 minutes


Hemingway's classic novel of the First World War

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. Hemingway's frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto -- of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized -- is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.

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.


  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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 well read. Holy 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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