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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780743569668
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The Classic Stories Featuring One of Hemingway's Most Famous Characters

"Of the place where he had been a boy he had written well enough. As well as he could then." So thought a dying writer in an early version of The Snows of Kilimanjaro. The writer of course was Ernest Hemingway. The place was the Michigan of his boyhood summers, where he remembered himself as Nick Adams. The now-famous "Nick Adams" stories show a memorable character growing from child to adolescent to soldier, veteran, writer, and parent -- a sequence closely paralleling the events of Hemingway's life.

In this arrangement Nick Adams emerges clearly as the first in a long line of Hemingway's fictional selves. Later versions were all to have behind them part of Nick's history and, correspondingly, part of Hemingway's. This is a must-have for fans of the iconic author. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Keach gives Adams the soft-spoken voice of an innocent, a tone that remains a constant even as the character encounters the realities of living, including hit men and the horrors of war. Keach expertly illuminates the way Hemingway’s simple prose expresses something deeper. In stories like ‘Big Two-Headed River,’ Keach’s narration reveals the hidden complexity of the author’s style. Keach’s voice often carries a nostalgic tone that makes the stories feel personal. These stories are familiar to many, but Keach’s fresh reading is superb.” 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babs | 2/20/2014

    " Semi-autobiographical.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Sieffert | 2/18/2014

    " Every boy should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Keller | 2/18/2014

    " Flawless! "

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

    " To be honest, this book was poorly written, aand I would have expected more from such a famous author. The bridging from chapter to chapter was absent, and I often found myself confused. I don't think it has any redeeming qualities, so I stopped reading on about page 270. Worse still, it had so many swear words in every sentence (a VERY colorful vocabulary), that it could give you a heart attack. For a time we had to read it out loud, and we had to beep out words more than talk! I do not recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigid | 2/12/2014

    " I read it very fast and kept getting characters confused. Different people play the same role in different stories and some people carry over while others do not. Very masculine, stark and nature centered like I always heard Hemingway's writing described. However, simple observations and small descriptions reveal deep emotions. It's kind of the way a guy talks about his feelings without becoming to vulnerable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 2/10/2014

    " Never been a big Hemingway fan -- much prefer his contemporary Fitzgerald. But the clean feel of these Nick Adams stories has a certain appeal. Papa uses his customary minimalist style ("Nick saw fish. It was good.") but I really like "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place." So did Joyce! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samara | 2/8/2014

    " The Nick Adams stories are a collection of short stories about Nick Adams, a semi-autobiographical character, that span several decades. At times, I got the impression that Nick Adams in one story was not always the same person as Nick Adams in the next story because they are are very episodic. Each story stands on its own. I personally enjoyed the childhood stories far more than the adult stories, but I did enjoy them all. Hemingway also has a lovely, direct, yet descriptive writing style that makes for fast-paced reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Lopez | 1/26/2014

    " the readable, approachable hemingway "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malrubius | 1/21/2014

    " Beautiful stripped down language. Great vivid setting depiction. Great characters and dialogue Great story arcs that leave you thinking. Great control of tone and mood. Great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 1/14/2014

    " Makes me really want to go trout fishing... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany Miltgen | 1/6/2014

    " I read half of this and wasn't really too excited about it. The novel is about Nick Adams, a fictional character, but is based on Hemingway's experienced in Michigan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed all of the references to Northern Michigan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 12/29/2013

    " we forget what a fine short story writer H was "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 12/15/2013

    " Hemingway is not for everyone, but I love everything he does. The grittiness and tenseness of his writing, and the realistic stories always make me feel like I'm right there. I can see the characters, feel the atmosphere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.J. | 12/11/2013

    " Ernest Hemingway, wrote him off for a long time. But the book, for what it is, was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpaflas | 12/7/2013

    " Read this in highschool. Great writing... very interesting short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 12/7/2013

    " In the short story/Americana genre, I preferred Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.T. | 7/13/2013

    " my favorite hemingway series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Moyer | 12/19/2011

    " I'd more accurately give this 3.5 stars, but... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Grande | 7/4/2011

    " Snapshots of arguably Hemingway's most developed character, Nick Adams. Some really great stuff in these gems. Definitely a must reed for anyone with an inkling of interest in Papa. More Americana, less musings on Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 6/24/2011

    " Love all of Hemingway's Nick Adams stories, I read them over and over again. Big Two-Hearted River: Parts I and II are the most epic, relaxing, well written stories about nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Hoy | 6/12/2011

    " In Hemingway's best short stories, a curtain is parted then closed, revealing the center of a man's being. Some of these stories are included in this collection, such as "Big Two Hearted River," "The Last Country" and "Fathers & Sons." "

  • 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.