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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,088 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: James Naughton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9780743565141
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"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

-- ERNEST HEMINGWAY TO A FRIEND, 1950

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gives us an opportunity to meet Hemingway less as the controlled craftsman that he long pretended to be than as the embittered, frightened, sharp-eyed avoider of feelings who captured them unerringly…[an] elegiac testimony of a writer sensitive to time and change, to false starts and to false people, most especially himself.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Each chapter is short and vignette-like, comical, bitchy and warm. They are best read a few at a time, so as to get into the flow of Hemingway’s surprising sentences, but not to be overwhelmed by the high concentration of egos gathered together on one page.” 

    Observer (London)

  • “It is a short, perfect book. Hemingway wrote it when he was a successful man, about the experience of being a young man, who was not yet successful, but who was writing and happy and in love with his wife. It is very personal but in the most generous way.” 

    Independent (London)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/17/2014

    " This book has been on my to read list for a long time but I am glad I waited for the restored edition. I also think I appreciated this more because of reading "The Paris Wife" about Hemingway's time in Paris with his wife, Hadley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/17/2014

    " completed the trilogy - movie Midnight in Paris then Paris Wife...so had to finally read the real thing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed it so much more than o thought possible. I enjoyed his caricatures of friends and acquaintances, his romantic eye towards Paris, his description of writing and working as a writer. He did not disappoint in Hemingway-can't/won't-write-women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinuviel | 2/4/2014

    " The more I read about Hemingway, the more fascinated I become. I suppose that's one thing I can thank the Paris wife for. Was difficult for me to get into at first as I am not used to his style of writing. But I admire him for the simplicity of his prose, which in no way diminished his works. Paris in the 1920's, Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound. These are just some of the reasons to read A Moveable feast. Somehow feels like you can almost know the great writers of that time just by reading this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/24/2014

    " A great description of 1920s Paris by the great Hemingway. Paris comes to live in this book through Hemingway's unique style of simplicity and wit, involving the meeting of many familiar personages including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, and the great Fitzgerald. I enjoyed this book very much, being the fourth Hemingway novel I've read this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna | 1/23/2014

    " Awesome insight into the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/16/2014

    " Why didn't I read this before traveling to Paris? Guess I will have to go back.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/27/2013

    " Not my favorite Hemingway, but a fantastic companion to "The Paris Wife." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moni Smith | 12/20/2013

    " That was really, really good. I need to read more Hemingway. I am also now completely fascinated by Zelda Fitzgerald. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaVonne Powell | 12/14/2013

    " Excellent. You will want to watch "Midnight in Paris" again after reading it. Restored version is better because the positive Hadley parts that were edited out by Mary Hemingway are restored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KatieSuzanne | 12/8/2013

    " I've always wanted to love Hemingway's writing but just found it good and not great. This book was great. Beyond great. I loved every word of it. I plan to get a good copy of it for my bookshelf so I can read from it randomly whenever I want. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Prendergast Sweeney | 11/27/2013

    " I recommend this edition; it contains sections that do not appear in the original publication, in large part due to his fourth wife's personal inclinations. The editors -- his grandsons -- have included also some fragments of interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/14/2013

    " Felt the burning need to read this again after completing "The Paris Wife." Essential reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 2/15/2013

    " interesting new edition... prefer the original but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Bennett | 12/9/2012

    " enjoyed this much more after reading the Paris Wife, and got a true sense of Ernest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy Heller | 11/10/2012

    " The portraits of Paris in the 20s ring very true, but Hemingway's megalomania and nasty portrayals of anyone but himself reminds one what a cad Hemingway really was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 9/7/2012

    " I only wish it was longer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/18/2011

    " I only read about 1/3 of the book... So my rating really doesn't mean anything. It was just too slow for me. Maybe I will pick it up again sometime in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 andy orin | 6/18/2011

    " Yes. One of my favorite things. Bystanders will be happy with the old paperback, but it's nice to see the unedited bits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Mckee | 6/17/2011

    " One of my new favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 5/16/2011

    " Love love love. Restored edition pretty interesting. Read appendixes which has some new stories. Great one about Mr. bumpy. And expanded Pilot Fish and the Rich which is heartbreaking and wonderful. A must companion to The Paris Wife. Sun Also Rises too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/16/2011

    " As it grew more and more depressing, the better it got! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helena | 5/15/2011

    " Hemingway's memoir of his time in Paris with his first wife, Hadely Richardson. I enjoyed this more than his novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 andy | 5/13/2011

    " Yes. One of my favorite things. Bystanders will be happy with the old paperback, but it's nice to see the unedited bits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/11/2011

    " Good book to read with The Paris Wife....his wife Hadley's side of the story...especially if you're looking for interesting walks to take in Paris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/8/2011

    " Re-reading Hemingway, always find something new to admire! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 5/8/2011

    " Interesting read after The Paris Wife- he really didn't view the end of his marriage as a big deal. It gets about two sentences!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/5/2011

    " Here's my Hemingway-esque review:

    A Moveable Feast is a fine book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/3/2011

    " Read this as a companion book to A Paris Wife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rma | 4/30/2011

    " a great book but edited by his last wife so it may not be as complete as Hemingway would have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 4/29/2011

    " Hemingway - Paris - writers - writing - and even skiing (not is Paris). It is a series of linked, short narratives. "

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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.

About the Narrator

James Naughton is an actor and director. He first came to prominence in the television series adaptation of the Planet of the Apes movie series of the same name. Since then, he has starred in dozens television shows and appeared in numerous Broadway plays. He is a two-time Tony Award winner, one for his performance as Sam Spade in City of Angels and the other portraying Billy Flynn in the 1997 revival of Chicago.