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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: May 2006 ISBN: 9780743565103
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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 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 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 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 Ruth | 1/29/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Bishoff | 1/23/2014

    " I liked reading this a second time. My favorite line is when the lead says he doesn't want to abandon the army and Cat says, "It's just the Italian army." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Floris W | 1/12/2014

    " A great, well-written, pure book. Interesting dialogue and great story line. I am very impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicolas Mertens | 12/29/2013

    " Today I finished reading Ernest Hemingway's novel 'A Farewell to Arms.' One of the most emotionally moving, yet personable and honest portrails of heroism and the war I've ever experienced. I do not typically enjoy war novels, by most means, but this is one of the greatest books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Flores | 12/27/2013

    " The thing I love about Hemingway is his ability to make one feel that he is the character, or at least to empathize with the character. This is a very sad novel, for it deals with war and love, the things that move the world. But this is the best fictional work that Hemingway had written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori Robey | 12/26/2013

    " Once again, surprised by liking this book. I never thought I liked the "classic" authors they would make me read in high school, but I liked quite a few. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlie Byers | 11/15/2013

    " I know it's a classic, I know it was part of an important movement in literature, I just... don't like it. I just can't get into any of the characters in Hemingway's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cesar | 6/30/2013

    " I don't think I've ready anybody that's more poignant as well as easy to read as Hemingway. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Barnett | 6/22/2013

    " I can't believe I had never read this, but I'm awfully glad that it wasn't back when I would have been too big of a knucklehead to appreciate it. Now I just have to wait for the effects to wear off: I'm thinking in very short sentences and very manly thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Genenbacher | 6/9/2013

    " My all time favorite book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Brooks | 2/13/2013

    " I love Hemingway so much that I hate him. This book will eat your soul for breakfast. Would give five stars if not for the complete lack of decent female characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Royer | 11/17/2012

    " Poignant love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 10/17/2012

    " My second favorite book of all time. The Great Gatsby being one. Highly recommend to read this great novel. So many great great applicable themes. You will not regret reading this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/6/2012

    " Reading the classics is like flipping a coin. I absolutely loved this book and i remember reading this as a freshman and reading it again when i'm older i love it even more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca Edmonds | 7/29/2012

    " Had to read this book to teach it to an English class. I must admit it was a real struggle to get through it, just not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paug | 6/25/2012

    " loved it, a great book, i love that its written as its spoken, you can actually hear the accent of the italians trying to speak english, i think he wanted to take you completely to the front, and give you the big picture of how it wasm the drinking, the friendships, the lovers, i really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Benson | 6/10/2012

    " Arg. Why do lit people make me read this when there are so many other great books out there? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia O'Hearn | 4/12/2012

    " My favorite Hemingway book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lena Vanausdle | 12/23/2011

    " Why is this a classic? It's terrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 11/9/2011

    " The pieces Hemingway writes on war and pacifism are brilliant, but are at times overshadowed or even just shouldered out of the way by his obsession with alcohol and his inability to write a woman character that feels like a person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriana | 10/3/2011

    " hemingway writes in a unique way, to be sure. i'm just absolutely not convinced that that's a good thing. this book was a slew of disaffecting misery, and i didn't realize that such a thing was even possible! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Star Shyne Brite (Stargirl) | 9/25/2011

    " Ugh... TOO BORING! I know it's supposed to very well written, but I didn't really like it that much... his conversations were NOTHING like actual conversations, and te romance was NOTHING like real romance... and he said it was like his real life?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dilene | 8/5/2011

    " Great book as a whole although certains parts are a bit slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kourtney | 5/25/2011

    " It may be a bit slow for modern readers who are more obsessed with the urban fantasy/teen/young adult vampires and werewolves, but Hemingway is masterful in crafting a tender, subtle love story blended with the dark horror of war. A classic in every right. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheridan | 5/24/2011

    " I am imagining we will have an interesting book club discussion. But I didn't really enjoy reading this book. It reminded me of why I hate war. It made me think about what is love? Anyway, I am looking forward to discussing the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aprocuniar | 5/23/2011

    " I usually love the classics but I don't get this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nina | 5/20/2011

    " Really?
    I couldn't even finish the book.
    Flat, drab dialogue that kills whatever plot existed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/19/2011

    " Amazing classic... don't know when I read this, only that I loved it and can't wait to read it again... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/14/2011

    " I am always confused by Hemingway - his prose is so factual - non-emotional even - but this story was so emotional. I don't understand how he does it, and that is what is so amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/12/2011

    " appreciative of the style, perhaps envious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M C | 5/7/2011

    " Sometimes this book is confusing and I lose track of who's talking but overall, it's really sweet. Sad sometimes but what romance doesn't have sad moments? I really like it so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 5/2/2011

    " I can understand that Hemingway's plot symbolism and understated prose style entice many readers, but it's not my cup of tea. For me, his short stories manage to reach their goals before the understatement becomes tedious. "

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About the Author
Author Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen. After the United States entered the First World War, he joined a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers. During the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises. He also wrote Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea, the story of an old fisherman’s journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat. He also wrote short stories that are collected in Men Without Women and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories. Hemingway died in Idaho in 1961.