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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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