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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (37 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: December 2002 ISBN: 9780743563758
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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 bold 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 II features Stacy Keach reading such favorites as: My Old Man; Big Two-Hearted River: Part I and Part II; The Undefeated; In Another Country; Hills Like White Elephants; The Killers; Che Ti Dice La Patria?; Fifty Grand; A Simple Enquiry; Ten Indians; and A Canary for One.

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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 Enquirer

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 daniel silliman | 2/11/2014

    " There are a few stories here, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and "The Capital of the World," that, all by themselves, would earn Hemingway a place in the canon. There are others, though, which are stupid, macho, self-destructive and infuriatingly awful. For the awful misuse of the amazing title "Hills Like White Elephants" alone, Hemingway should have been punched in the face. Judging from some of these stories, he would have liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 2/7/2014

    " I loved The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, which is the first story in this collection. There are a few stories here and there that grabbed me, but most of them are too similar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anastasia | 2/1/2014

    " 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 Meade | 1/12/2014

    " He truly is the master of the short story (in spite of some repetitive dialogue sequences). I always liked the standards, but found a couple new ones that I hadn't read before that I really enjoyed. The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio is great, and the Owl Creek ones were really beautiful. Also didn't realize that Nick was a recurring character throughout a lot of his stories. Maybe it's just me, but I feel a sense of cynicism behind all the hunting and bull fights (as contrasted with the war stories) that I didn't pick up when I read these in high school/college. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 1/11/2014

    " Some of Hemingway's greatest. Sparse and engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/6/2014

    " It's good. It's Hemingway-esque. Short stories, about British things (safaris, alcohol) in that bleak-but-interesting way. Not as good as a Moveable Feast (yet), but good. "

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

    " This collection of stories is wonderful. Hemingway was a master of the short story genre and one of the finest American writers ever. Ever word is meaningful and well crafted into extraordinary stories. "Hills Like White Elephants" is my absolute favorite of the bunch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/1/2014

    " What is there to say? The worlds that he creates in his stories each seem to demonstrate some underlying truth. That's truth with a "little t" not a "big t". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Gustafson | 12/29/2013

    " Prose as it should be. Short, story driven. Mostly in Africa and other faraway places of exotic appeal. Started it over a year ago, slowly chipping away at it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dev | 12/23/2013

    " Hemingway's terse prose works best in shorts and this collection is the essence of what short stories try to accomplish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/15/2013

    " I will probably never actually finish this unless forced to in a Lit class... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Mccool | 11/21/2013

    " These stories are as well-written as they are intentionally unrefined and cleverly raw. It's hard to read them all in a row, hard to stomach, but an amazing experience. I come back to these stories over and over for inspiration and style in my own writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Broad | 10/29/2013

    " This is the one to get. It has In Our Time, Men Without Women, and the Snows of Kilimanjaro. Frankly, that's all you need. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 6/5/2013

    " "Up in Michigan" and "Now I Lay Me" were my favorite short stories. Ernest Hemingway is a brilliant writer, depressing and violent but brilliant nevertheless. I wish I had discovered his writing sooner in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 10/19/2012

    " Love me some Nick Adams and bull fighting and sad young lovers in Europe and Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 10/12/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I love Hemingway's style but had to read it in short spurts as the material was a bit dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoran | 10/3/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Lanheady | 9/27/2012

    " I adore Hemingway's simplistic style and, therefore, enjoy these stories. I do prefer his novels though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 m. soria | 9/1/2012

    " wish i could say that i've read more than hemingway's short stories, but i suppose everyone has holes in their studies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 7/25/2012

    " Some of these stories were really loaded and fantastic, and some I just couldn't get into. I feel like a literary trader to not give this a 5-star rating, but it was a mixed bag for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/15/2012

    " Giving Hemingway's short stories a try. So far, there's too much animal cruelty for my taste. Maybe that's why Hemingway is considered such a masculine writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 4/9/2012

    " I read a new one, re-read a favorite, then put this book away for months. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette Phillips | 9/21/2011

    " 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 Paige | 9/3/2011

    " Cannot go wrong with the quintessential misogynist. He is brilliant. Captivating. Read all of the Nick Adams stories as well as "Hills Like White Elephants" and "Snows of Kilimanjaro"...certainly I'm leaving out some other goodies; but that's the short of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Steger | 8/13/2011

    " 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'... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skyler Reidy | 7/11/2011

    " "A Clean Well Lighted Place" is one of the greatest short stories in the English language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 3/23/2011

    " everyone needs a "clean, well-lighted place" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 2/15/2011

    " I picked this up to read "The Killers" short story, which was very enjoyable, very noir-ish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 2/8/2011

    " My favorite story my Ernest Hemingway. Though the book is split up into a series of short stories, and way Hemingway gives the reader snap shots into Nick's life results in an ever increasing suspense. With every new story the read hopes that his life will suddenly change for the better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rickbostian | 1/12/2011

    " An amazing writer. Details that let you imagine that you are in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Acép | 11/9/2010

    " a great narrative story written by a great author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/27/2010

    " Recommended reading for any current or past residents of Michigan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 9/28/2010

    " I read this book while at St. Andrew's. I suspect it was V Form, but I do not recall. I recall enjoying it, but do not remember much of it at this point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/9/2010

    " 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 Melanie | 7/4/2010

    " I read this while in Petoskey last summer since Hemingway used to hang out on Torch Lake. We like to visit the little store/deli where Hemingway used to hold forth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/26/2010

    " I think Hemingway is an acquired taste...not necessarily mine, although I enjoyed reading about areas in Michigan that I was familiar with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 6/13/2010

    " I picked this up at the Little Traverse History Museum in Petosky MI. it has an exhibit on Hemingway in Michigan. His family summered near Petosky and a lot of these stories are set in Northern and Upper Michigan. It is great reading these in chronological order. A great collection. "

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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.