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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Brian Dennehy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ernest Hemingway’s last unpublished work!

A blend of autobiography and fiction, True at First Light opens on the day Ernest Hemingway’s close friend Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves him in charge of the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe. Drama continues to build as his wife Mary pursues the great, black-maned lion that has become her obsession. Equally adept at evoking the singular textures of the landscape, the thrill of the hunt, and the complexities of married life, Hemingway weaves a tale that is rich in laughter, beauty, and profound insight. True at First Light is the breathtaking final work from one of this nation’s most beloved and important writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The value of True at First Light lies in its candor, its nakedness: it provides a rare opportunity to watch a master working his way toward art.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Uneven, imperfect, irritating, amusing, moving, and of treasurable importance to an understanding of this massive however flawed genius of our literature.

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Twentieth-century American literature could not end on a brighter note than the publication of this book.” 

    Library Journal 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Fruergaard | 2/20/2014

    " 314p- 01-02-2005 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Denise | 2/16/2014

    " Although Hemingway is one of my favorite authors, I found this novel difficult to get through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ian Simpson | 2/15/2014

    " It is as well this drunken, rambling memoir/story was edited by Hemingway's son; but it is in its own way important if one wants to understand the great man and how he lived. It is uninhibited and the writing is mostly wonderful. It expresses Hemingway's belief that blood sports should be a contest between a noble beast (here a great lion) and a skillful human. The lion should be killed outright with an accurate shot; if a coup de grace is needed, the hunter has failed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kimberlyn | 2/14/2014

    " His last fictional work as edited by his son Patrick is almost a memoir or his safari days in AFrica. The plot is satirical and poignant. Enjoyable. "

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