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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (93,015 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780743565110
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Hemingway’s classic novel of the Spanish Civil War

In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war; three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from “the good fight,” For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. Surpassing his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms, 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 to Hemingway after reading the manuscript, “no one ever so completely performed it.” For Whom the Bell Tolls stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tremendous…His finest novel.” 

    New York Times

  • “By turns brutal and compassionate, it is arguably Hemingway’s most mature work and one of the best war novels of the twentieth century.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/15/2014

    " This may be the only text by Hemingway that I did NOT like... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryant Waldkirch | 2/10/2014

    " This book is like a good meal, but definitely not fast food. It was helpful that I spent a little time (on Wikipedia) learning about the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway was able to give great depth to each character while still holding my interest. The story builds to a suspenseful climax, and a satisfying ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 2/8/2014

    " Sigh. So I read "Old Man in the Sea" in high school and didn't love it....It took me over a decade to bring myself to read another Hemingway, and so this was it. Ernests second chance. And....I didn't love it. Don't get me wrong, there were moments that were beautiful, I learned something about living in the moment from it, and I cried at the end - actual tears. But overall, I guess I'm just not a Hemingway girl. Good thing he doesn't need me and is a classic author already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/26/2014

    " Of course I loved this. The intensity, the obscenity, the present tense. Really hits on the idea of living right now. You can pack a short life into a few number of days. Also, the whole standing up for an idea thing. Tragic of course, and that is why I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Jackson | 1/17/2014

    " This was the first Hemingway I have ever read and I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Jokl | 1/13/2014

    " A fine, fine book. Wish I'd read it ten years ago when I had more of an appetite for books about war. War is daft, war is failure. Hemingway I think makes this pretty clear, especially through the secondary characters and their experinces of the civil war. All the same, and maybe just because it's rough'n'tumble Hemingway, war is glamorised, just a bit, and not least by the hero Robert Jordan, who has a sort of Clint Eastwood persona. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Thompson | 12/24/2013

    " I was a little slow getting into this book but once I got a few chapters in I couldn't put it down. The ending completely shocked me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 11/5/2013

    " How to live a life by a master stylist. And check out what Hemingway says about the "death tax"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Flores | 10/27/2013

    " This is the most un-Hemingway Hemingway novel I have ever read. It only proves how versatile a writer papa is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 10/13/2013

    " Good book - still not sure what makes it pulitzer prize material (although it was nominated but didn't win but considered Heminway's best work). Some was difficult to read - used "thee" and "thou" throughout didn't really understand why. Desparate love story. Made me want to read more Heminway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Drysdale | 5/4/2013

    " Hemingway's meditation on dying well wasn't my favourite of his. I didn't like it nearly as much as A Farewell to Arms, for instance, or even A Moveable Feast. Mind you, for me Hemingway's at his best when he's writing a short story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJC | 3/20/2013

    " this came up in my recommended books and I remembered I have already read it - forever ago but I remember liking it enough but not something I will read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Nurse | 3/2/2013

    " Written in 1940's about Spain during WWII and the rebels fighting the Fachists. It has more sexual innuendo's than I thought it would for 1940's. Very good and hisotrical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coach A | 11/7/2012

    " My favorite Hemingway novel. His best love story. I love his description of the world turning. I have read this novel over and over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 8/19/2012

    " Can't get past the "thees" and "thous", especially from Hemingway. This is a no-go for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Walsh | 2/28/2012

    " Great book. Did you know Hemingway was such a pompous ass that he stood at a lecturn to write. He had the audacity to put a space between each LETTER and two spaces between each word. I don't know about that guy, he'll be dead someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Gilmore | 2/21/2012

    " The very human, nearly schizophrenic dialogue the main character has inside his own head throughout the book is reason enough to read this beauty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Brown | 1/7/2012

    " Better than old man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 8/6/2011

    " I couldn't bring myself to finish it, so I skimmed the second half of the book. I thought this would be a great introduction to Hemmingway - but I just didn't like it, or the subject, the characters, the pacing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtneyengelstein | 5/23/2011

    " My all time favorite book. (Ok, along with The Brothers Karamozov.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 5/9/2011

    " Es como un viejo amigo. Viva la Republica! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erring | 5/6/2011

    " Best Hemingway novel I have read. Impossible to describe how good it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lennis | 4/28/2011

    " This was definitely a departure from the Hemingway I'm used to from A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises. I enjoyed it, but it was a bit long in the middle. The beginning and the end were most interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 4/28/2011

    " Long and faced paced book even though happening in only 3 days, runs the gamut of emotions despite Robert Jordan's general stoicism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 4/25/2011

    " I wish that I was good enough to write portions of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert | 4/21/2011

    " This is so far my favourite book of all. I think it is exquisite writing. I found that the book moved at an excellent pace, with so much to discuss afterwards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coach | 4/20/2011

    " My favorite Hemingway novel. His best love story. I love his description of the world turning. I have read this novel over and over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britney | 4/14/2011

    " I had to read this for school, and I enjoyed it more than others we were assigned, but still not one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 4/11/2011

    " Anything by Hemingway is great and here he's close to his peak. What else can I say? This is one of my favorites of his. "

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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

Campbell Scott has, in addition to his numerous stage and film credits, narrated more than forty audiobooks, including This Boy’s Life and Into Thin Air.