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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,533 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Josh Lucas Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9780743563567
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The rugged beauty of Africa as experienced through the eyes of Hemingway

His second major venture into nonfiction (after Death in the Afternoon, 1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in -- and fascination with -- big-game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip. In examining the poetic grace of the chase, and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway also looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on the plains of Africa. Yet Green Hills of Africa is also an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape, and of the beauty of a wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ernest Hemingway went to Africa to shoot the bounding kudu and the ungainly rhinoceros and to reply to his critics. The result of this trip is Green Hills of Africa.”

    New York Times

  • “Landscapes, people, animals, fear of failure—everything is real in an autobiographical text that exceeds the expectations of fiction. From the world civilization that left behind, to the aridity of the savannah, Green Hills of Africa is a book entirely true.” 

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Contains some of the best writing Ernest Hemingway has done—and is a delightful human document, natural, humorous, graphic in the swift characterizations and the original sidelights on his companions.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/18/2014

    " I relate to Hemingway's vivid descriptions. I particularly like the commentary on his fellow hunters. If you are a hunter you will love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harvey Scott | 2/12/2014

    " This is not your typical Hemingway. Very enjoyable but different from his other works. His ability to write clean engaging dialogue is second to none and his descriptive prose is something to envy. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Moore | 2/12/2014

    " I was there. It was true once, as he wrote. But no longer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristi | 1/13/2014

    " probabil e o carte interesanta pt cine ii place vanatoarea. mi ar fi placut mai mult dak ar fi intrat mai in detaliu la descrierea peisajelor. interesante paginile in care spune k pe unde merge omu strica tot (pacat k sunt numa 2 pag) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brendan O'Meara | 1/1/2014

    " Eh. EH killing a bunch of charismatic megafauna. Meditations on writing great. Meditation on how man ruins land toward the end is also great. That's about it folks. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 12/28/2013

    " Started out strong with an interesting story of hunting in Africa. However, about 150 pages in and you find that it is a long, long repetitive, narrative of his time in Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 12/3/2013

    " Drink at end of day to change ideas/mind, hyena reacts, writers forged in injustices and war, shot and now loves the hunt with clean kill, writer desires to watch revolutions--beautiful then they go bad, need to see yourself largely misrepresented, book-Denatured Africa Literary anecdotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/30/2013

    " Great hunting story. Gave us insight to the culture of the safari. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 11/17/2013

    " Autobiographical Hemingway. Perhaps disturbingly similar to fictional Hemingway. But if you want a glimpse into masculinity as seen on African safari, here you are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Boetcher | 9/25/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book, but kinda got sick of all the hunting and macho-ness of it. Took some extra energy to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Young | 8/15/2013

    " Not one of my favorite Hemingway books but still really good. I love how he can capture such vivid descriptions with just dialogue. This is just one of thes ever.ons he's one of the best American writers ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doel | 7/13/2013

    " If you can ignore the racism and macho-ism, where men hunt kudu and women complain about shoes, then descriptions of the kenyan landscape are stunning. hemingway creates magic with little words. Great illustrations by Edward Shenton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jd | 7/5/2013

    " I actually went and paid for this book at a B & N. The fever to read it again came upon that suddenly, or perhaps it was the summer heat. An excellent story, easy to read, and one of my all time favorite non-fiction books. Well, it's supposedly one anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 6/22/2013

    " Hemingway is at his best when describing the hunt. He's at his worst when he shamelessly self-aggrandizes, lies about his life and accomplishments, and has other characters sing his praises. Not nearly talented enough to merit his ego. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Roberts | 3/31/2013

    " Although dull in some parts, this book is beautifully written. Hemingway is honest about his flaws and tells the story in detail. It is one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read; it read like a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K.M. Weiland | 3/28/2013

    " Suffers from the usual Hemingway flaws - plus a general lack of plot. But the beautiful representation of the Kenyan land, people, flora, and fauna is breathtaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 1/22/2013

    " This nonfiction work is written in a way that you will want to become a hinter and realize you have a ways to go before you are a man. He sets the standard, we all try and live up to and I lived in Africa and am not nearly as cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Kissit | 6/1/2012

    " Green Hills of Africa is a big-game killing example of literary journalism. I'm saying this mainly to get a rise out of Los Papas Grandes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traveller | 3/4/2012

    " I did not like the 'hunting for fun and horn' part, kind of disgraceful, he even hints it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Latif | 2/27/2012

    " Ernest goes hunting. "

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

    " My first Hemingway novel outside of school. I read it on an African safari in Tanzania, in some of the exact spots where Hemingway had written this story. My setting was so relevant that this book just blew my mind. Not sure what it would be like to read it under different circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/31/2011

    " I read this book in the garden of a monestary in Germany - it felt like Africa! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean | 9/25/2011

    " They don't write em like that anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K.M. | 5/4/2011

    " Suffers from the usual Hemingway flaws - plus a general lack of plot. But the beautiful representation of the Kenyan land, people, flora, and fauna is breathtaking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 4/18/2011

    " I had read excerpts from Green Hills of Africa in "Hemingway on Hunting". Those excerpts were the best parts of this book, and I would recommend Hemingway on Hunting for a full taste of the kind of prose Ernest only hints at in Green Hills. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott W. | 2/8/2011

    " I just couldn't finish it, same as with To Have and Have Not. I liked A Farewell to Arms, but beyond that it seems I just can't get into Hemingway. The book just failed to hold my interest. I stopped about 40% of the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 2/5/2011

    " If you read this and follow it with True at First Light, it really shows how his mindset changed over the years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/31/2011

    " Early parts of the book were a slog, but the book really picks up once Hem shuts the fuck up and actually goes out hunting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent | 1/15/2011

    " Re-read, actually...and nothing eye-goggling about saying Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy have written some of the most vivid descriptions of nature in the English language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/28/2010

    "
    While not a fan of hunting, I loved the wonderful descriptions of east Africa. The real reason to read this book, however, is to admire Hemingway's spare style and in particular his comments on the writing art, which he intersperses with descriptions of hunting, camping, and drinking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 12/12/2010

    " Unreadable - can only be enjoyed by the kind of person who prefers hunting to sex. "

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