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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By: Campbell Scott

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: May 2006

Duration: 16 hours 25 minutes


Introduced by Hemingway’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this newly annotated edition and literary masterpiece about an American in the Spanish Civil War features early drafts and supplementary material—including three previously uncollected short stories on war by one the greatest writers on the subject in history.

In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from “the good fight,” and one of the foremost classics of war literature in history.

Published in 1940, For Whom the Bell Tolls tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. Robert Jordan is a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain. In his portrayal of Jordan’s love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo’s last stand, 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 Hemingway after reading the manuscript, “no one ever so completely performed it.” Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author’s previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

Featuring early drafts and manuscript notes, some of Hemingway’s writings during the Spanish Civil War, and three previously collected stories of his on the subject of war, as well as a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls brings new life to a literary master’s epic like never before.


  • 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Linda M.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of "For Whom the Bell Tolls." The story is real, is interesting, and one truly gets to "feel" the characters. The narration was superb. Campbell Scott took on the voices of the many different characters in a very believable and convincing way. I read the book many years ago but feel that I did not lose a lot by listening to it this time. Hemingway's writing is straightforward while still being descriptive. A great listen, and an important work.

  • Kristin V.

    Grueling and stunning. Fabulous narration by Campbell Scott. Vivid portraits of individuals trapped/caught up in the Spanish Civil War.

  • 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!

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