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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780743578134
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This collection of short stories and vignettes marked Ernest Hemingway's American debut and made him famous.

When In Our Time was published in 1925, it was praised by Ford Madox Ford, John Dos Passos, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for its simple and precise use of language to convey a wide range of complex emotions, and it earned Hemingway a place beside Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein among the most promising American writers of that period.

In Our Time contains several early Hemingway classics, including the famous Nick Adams stories "Indian Camp," "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife," "The Three Day Blow," and "The Battler," and introduces readers to the hallmarks of the Hemingway style: a lean, tough prose -- enlivened by an ear for the colloquial and an eye for the realistic that suggests, through the simplest of statements, a sense of moral value and a clarity of heart.

Now recognized as one of the most original short story collections in twentieth-century literature, In Our Time provides a key to Hemingway's later works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No writer has been more efficiently overshadowed by his imitators than Ernest Hemingway. From the moment he unleashed his stripped-down, declarative sentences on the world, he began breeding entire generations of miniature Hemingways, who latched on to his subtractive style without ever wondering what he’d removed, or why. And his tendency to lapse into self-parody during the latter half of his career didn’t help matters. But In Our Time, which Hemingway published in 1925, reminds us of just how fresh and accomplished his writing could be—and gives at least an inkling of why Ezra Pound could call him the finest prose stylist in the world.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestselling Author
  • A Nobel Prize–Winning Author

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrina | 2/17/2014

    " Could someone explain this book to me, please? It affected me, sadened me, and made me want to know more about all that men go through in war. It made me think more of my father, and how lucky I am to have him as he is. I think a lot about the men specifically who fought in Viet Nam, and how it changed their lives forever. This book made me painfully aware of how little I know, and how much I will probably never understand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Minuti | 2/17/2014

    " I found that this book was written in a very unfamilar way in that there is a series of short stories with shapeters of events inbetween them. Overall the main character i would say was Nick Adams and many of the stories include life changing events in them. All in all this book was good, yet hard to follow, and the tone was overall depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 2/17/2014

    " Oh, modernism, how I love thee and sing thine irreverent praises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marci | 2/16/2014

    " This is Hemingway's first book and I loved it. I was also very surprised at the historical WWI context, as I'm used to Hemingway's later works. It was a very, very good and enlightening read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott Kelley | 2/6/2014

    " I found the book to be a choppy, clumsy mess. Maybe something was lost on me, as I know this book helped catapult Hemmingway's work into the mainstream. I was happy to finish this book, had little enjoyment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Bielski | 1/23/2014

    " Im not the biggest fan of short stories, but these were pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 towner77 | 1/19/2014

    " Early Hemingway collection of essays, most very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 doug bowman | 1/16/2014

    " The Three Day Blow is one of my favorite short stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 1/11/2014

    " Some of the better Hemingway I've read. Some great parts, and some parts I couldn't quite figure out. But that's the way it goes with good literature sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Jo | 12/30/2013

    " Basically Hemingway's American debut. Not the best, but it does have some really interesting points. He's clearly still working toward becoming the writer he eventually was known as. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/26/2013

    " Reread this just recently. It holds up well over time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 12/14/2013

    " Beautiful. I'd read a few of these stories before, but never as put together in this collection. I love how the different stories feed and frame each other, often in an oblique way, but always so moving and beautiful. Gorgeous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint | 12/6/2013

    " I like Hemingway. I acknowledge that he wrote a lot of third rate rubbish, but when he is good he is as good as anybody. I don't know how many times I have read these stories, but they are always a pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Miller | 5/25/2013

    " In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway (1996) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/14/2013

    " I'd read the well known stories from this in the past -- but to read the entire thing, with the vignettes at the chapter openings, and in the order he wanted them in -- made for quite the amazing book. I can see why they say Hemingway changed the course of American literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Hayes | 2/22/2013

    " beautiful. i love the way Hemingway writes. i have yet to be disappointed from anything he has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 2/5/2013

    " good prose, a few forgettable stories but some other greats "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Nichols | 8/15/2012

    " Too much machoism for this girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/29/2012

    " After reading 'The Paris Wife' I was intrigued to read what Hemingway was writing during this period in his life. These short stories were published in 1925. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 7/2/2011

    " "Cat in the Rain" is, I think, my favorite short story and one of the best pieces of American writing ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 7/2/2011

    " I like Hemingway read him a lot in college read two of these stories in college and just finished it today a good quick read with short concise sentences If you like short stories you will like this book . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 5/20/2011

    " Hemingway's best work. "Cat in the Rain" and "Soldier's Home" are two of my favorite stories to read and to teach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huma | 5/4/2011

    " Uh, who says girls don't love Hemingway? *Kanye Shrug* This is one of my favorite books of all time. OF ALL TIME. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 4/30/2011

    " Stripped down, raw, powerful writing. Classic Hemingway style. But what struck me the most about this book was the construction and organization of these stories into its collected form. There is A LOT going on in the juxtapositions and transitions. I will be re-reading again soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 3/18/2011

    " Excellent collection of Hemmingway short stories. "Give us peace in our time oh Lord." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Austin | 3/16/2011

    " At first I truly hated this story. It didnt make any sense to me and I was left with a feeling of lost time. However, with a little research into WWI I saw the connections that Hemingway was making. After all was said and done I was not upset that I had wasted time reading this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/13/2011

    " Too much machoism for this girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 2/17/2011

    " Love love love. My favorite it hard to choose... today it was "The Cat in the Rain." Who else could have written that and made it mean so much. Um... no one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/27/2011

    " Hemingway is a very interesting author. He did a great job in this novel of writing in both a modernism and post-modernism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/23/2011

    " Just read In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway. Great short stories of the home front during WWI - ordinary days, and soldiers returning. Simple writing, profound in beauty & meaning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brianna | 1/7/2011

    " For a first Hemingway...I wasn't too impressed. It was good with the voice, and it was a good example of a short story cycle, but it's not something I would just pick up by choice. Some of the stories are a tad gorey, so beware. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip | 12/27/2010

    " My favorite collection of stories. Minimalism at its best. Also, if you're a fan of the writing style in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, I suggest checking this out. The dialog, especially, is very similar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B-Dog | 12/13/2010

    " So far I liked The End of Something best. "

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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

Stacy Keach is perhaps best known for his portrayal of hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer. He played Ken Titus on the sitcom Titus, Warden Henry Pope in the hit series Prison Break, and has been seen in numerous film and stage productions. He won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway and starred as Richard Nixon in the US National Tour of Frost/Nixon. His performance in the title role of King Lear has received international acclaim.