Audible Premium Plus. Cancel anytime. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls. By: Ernest Hemingway. The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style.
A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.
By: John Steinbeck. First published in , nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer, a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II.
Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale. Published posthumously in , A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.
By: Harper Lee. Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.
By: Herman Melville. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal Brokeback Mountain. Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby By: F.
Scott Fitzgerald. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California. A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman Parks and Recreation brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing.
In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".
By: Mark Twain. George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote.
Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him. By: George Orwell. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen! Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.
By: William Golding. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out.
His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family. By: Ray Bradbury. Now a modern classic, this story of two boys' friendship at an exclusive New Hampshire prep school as it parallels the inescapable and escalating atmosphere of World War II, is intense and engaging to the last word.
By: John Knowles. In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family.
His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.
Written in , this hugely successful novella confirmed Hemingway's power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Even though this is such a famous title, I had never read it before and really didn't know much about it. What a treat this audiobook was. For such a short story, it is surprising how strong the character development is. In no time, you feel a strong affinity for the 2 main non-finned characters. Donald Sutherland does an excellent job of narrating, with just the right amount of drama and accent.
One of my top 3 audiobooks, and I have a couple hundred. This is my favourite type of classic. It is an exciting and thoroughly believable story coupled with a great writing style and profound themes that really resonate. I listened to this classic from start to finish uninterrupted on a long airplane flight. Doing that was a mistake, though. I was cheating myself. For a short book, there is a heck of a lot packed in and its messages are presented quite subtly.
Without time to reflect on what I'd just read, I rightly suspected I'd missed quite a bit. So, the day after finishing it, I undertook a bit of research to see what themes I had missed. I suggest you do the same if you get a similar feeling when you finish it. And --no surprise-- Donald Sutherland's narration is thoroughly enjoyable and worthy of this great book.
At some points in the book it becomes mesmerizing. It is possibly the simplest scenario imaginable for a novel but is completed with style and economy which is what made Hemingway unique. The icing on the cake is that Sutherland's narration is nearly as exceptional as the book itself.
Buy it! I cried. The old man is a fisherman, lives in a shack. Most the story is his fishing trip alone on a small boat. He struggles and faces obstacles without complaint. There is a dignity to him. I cried in the scenes with the boy. The boy knows the old man has no food. The old man says he will eat later. He does not ask for help. The boy brings food and they quietly eat it. The boy loved and cared for the old man with such respect and esteem. That really pushed my buttons. My two emotional reactions. Then I cried as I watched the love from the boy.
A slight comfort came in the way one feels after crying. This book was the catalyst for Hemingway winning the Nobel Prize which probably influenced me to give it 5 stars. Genre: fiction. Ending: Some comfort, but also sad. I love Hemingway and hadn't taken the time to read this. Donald Sutherland's naration is wonderful and the story is too. Donald Sutherland's tired, smokey voice is perfect for this reading. You can almost feel the tired, aching old body. Loved it.
A must buy! Narrated by Donald Sutherland, need I say more. Best book I have listened to in years. Narrator was awesome and fit the book perfectly.
Should be required listening or reading for all students in school. To be able to write a story like this is a true gift and makes you appreciate what incredible author Hemmingway was. I know-but its Donald Sutherland you say- I thought he would do it justice too but it just didn't work at all for me, I read the book years ago and loved it,so I was really disappointed.
He just didn't fit the material- as far as I'm concerned.