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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19 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: September 2002 ISBN: 9780743563741
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Before he gained wide fame as a novelist, Ernest Hemingway established his literary reputation with his short stories. Set in the varied landscapes of Spain, Africa, and the American Midwest, this definitive audio collection traces the development and maturation of Hemingway's distinct and revolutionary storytelling style -- from the plain bald language of his first story to his mastery of seamless prose that contained a spare, eloquent pathos, as well as a sense of expansive solitude. These stories showcase the singular talent of a master, the most important American writer of the twentieth century.

The Short Stories Volume I features Stacy Keach reading such favorites as: The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber; The Snows of Kilimanjaro; Old Man at the Briage; Up in Michigan; On the Quai at Smyrna; Indian Camp; The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife, The End of Something; The Three-Day Blow, The Battler; A Very Short Story, Soldier's Home, The Revolutionist; Mr. and Mrs. Elliot, Cat in the Rain; Out of Season; and Cross-Country Snow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Keach gives just the right voice to the stories of Hemingway…Anyone who simply wants a good story, well told and well read, should let Keach take charge and just dive in.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 4/12/2012

    " Not his best work. Little dark in theme for my taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 6/2/2011

    " I guess I just don't "get" Hemingway. I didn't enjoy any of these stories. I'm hoping that since this was Volume 3 that his really good stuff is on volumes 1 and 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/18/2011

    " I have not read all of Hemingway's shorts, but they are, in my opinion, his best work. I've yet to read dialogue so authentic elsewhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/16/2011

    " Re-reading this now, fourth or fifth time. There's a reason he got the Nobel Prize in 1954! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anastasia | 3/9/2011

    " Hemingway is a genius, although there were some stories I liked more than others. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/5/2011

    " extensive collection of his short works, highly recommended "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/3/2011

    " Prefer his novels, in general. Never a huge short story fan. Like the Nick Adams ones, though, which have more of a story arc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 11/28/2010

    " Got this for $3 at a used book store. Every story in here is perfect "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 10/7/2010

    " I think his short stories are as good as, sometimes better than novels, but you have to read more than one in a sitting.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 7/9/2010

    " Re-reading some of my favorite stories. Love the first and last lines of 'The Capital of the World' and the last line of 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro'... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholle | 4/9/2010

    " How to interpret nature in literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoran | 3/19/2010

    " Early works of the old master. Although some of them seem a bit unpolished and read like stylistic exercises, Hemingway's short stories are still a must-read for any lover of good prose, and any aspiring storyteller. "

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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.