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3.00000987781147 out of 53.00000987781147 out of 53.00000987781147 out of 53.00000987781147 out of 53.00000987781147 out of 5 3.00 (101,237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: John Slattery Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hemingway was not known for either unbridled optimism or happy endings, and A Farewell to Arms, like his other novels offers neither. What it does provide is an unblinking portrayal of men and women behaving with grace under pressure, both physical and psychological, and somehow finding the courage to go on in the face of certain loss.” 


    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A novel of great power.” 

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Hard, almost metallic, glittering, blinding by the reflections of its hard surface, utterly free of sentimentality.” 

    Arnold Bennett, English novelist

  • “A most beautiful, moving, and humane book.” 

    Vita Sackville-West, English author

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Timothy | 2/15/2014

    " The love story was kind of annoying, mainly because Hemingway has some really horrid ideas about women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dianah | 2/4/2014

    " Pretty depressing love story again. Did nobody in the 1920's believe in happy endings? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sam Snideman | 2/1/2014

    " The book was solid, but not spectacular (in my opinion). I fully recognize Hemingway's genius, and appreciate much of his other work. I felt like Catherine's character was painfully shallow; she was written in a way that makes it difficult to connect with her. While I've known women like her (the kind who seem very clingy and who don't define themselves as independent beings separate from their partners), her character just lacked something that made her feel real/believable to me. Otherwise, I thought the book was interesting (if it did drag in parts). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ruth | 1/29/2014

    " Couldn't really get into it. The story was interesting but I found it tedious reading. "

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