• Ernest Hemingway

  • A Biography
  • By: Mary V. Dearborn
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A revelatory look into the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short story writer, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Mary Dearborn's new biography gives the richest and most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatically unique American artist, whose same uncontrollable demons that inspired and drove him throughout his life undid him at the end and whose seven novels and six short story collections informed - and are still informing - fiction writing generations after his death.

©2017 Mary V. Dearborn (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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author preoccupation

The story is really good as it shows just how human Hem was and all his flaws. That I really was entertained by. What I did not enjoy was the authors preoccupation with Hem's sexuality. If it's actual fact, sure tell us about it but when it's completely hearsay, then to continuously go back to it over and over again means it's important more to the author for some reason rather than delivering the actual story of his life. It's distracting because at one point I started listening for when the story would head that direction, which it did every time. I prefer bio's with the agenda only of delivering the story of a life as it actually was rather than speculation of the author for what ever reason.

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A fine book undermined by performance

Would you consider the audio edition of Ernest Hemingway to be better than the print version?

In no way. The audio does the printed book a disservice.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

Dearborn's work is very fine, as is her work on Mailer, Miller, etc. but unfortunately the spoken performance of this book has an almost patronizing tone: every aside or clause is overemphasized, and in several cases the inflection is just 'off' and doesn't sit well with the text. It sounds a little like Siri, or the flattened but forced affect of a computer reading. It's prim. Listening to Dearborn herself talk is lively, incisive. Not so with this performance, which I started to think was done by a 'bot'.

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A burning pile of post modern feminist shite

Immediately after submitting this review I will be requesting my credit back. The performance is fine. The narrator’s voice is not annoying. Usually a good narrator can take a mediocre book and improve the experience. Unfortunately the greatest narrator ever could not polish this turd.
Dearborn offers very little new information on Hemingway. What she does is reinterpret what is out there in her man hating, revisionist filter. What she can’t find in actual facts she invents from Hemingway’s fiction as a psychoanalysis basis. For example, she discounts EH’s well documented PTSD by stating that he wasn’t wounded that badly, that he only spent a month in combat and that he was lazy when he returned to the states after the war. I’m not going to go on. Worst biography ever written. Hemingway was not a modern man. He was a man of his times.

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A Highly Flawed Human Being

This book made me appreciate EH far less than I ever have before. His overhyped history will never never sound the same again. If as a human you are perhaps GREAT at something, do you get a pass on most of the rest of your life? Before listening to this biography, I had a Hemingway quotation hanging on the wall of my office. It has since been removed.

Read at your own risk...

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Very interesting biography and great narration

The narrator does a excellent job, one of the best I have listened to. The biography is very interesting but has a few holes and places that I wish she would have explained better.

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Worst Hemingway biography ever written!

the writers rose colored glasses are so thick she paints a distorted image of the writer that's completely unbelievable. She chooses to ignore all the character flaws which gave depth to Hemingway's work.

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Strange view

First Hemingway biography i’ve listened to and found it difficult to finish. Author seemed to focus on outing his what I consider modern view trans leanings.

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I would have done the same thing after all that.

Hemingway lived an exceedingly rich life. But he suffered mightily from an unending series of freak accidents as well as inept medical treatment and advice. His suicide is completely understandable.

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Hemingway's great scholar!

Mary writes the definitive biography and explores the author as none others have! I very much enjoyed this book!

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Very well researched and interesting

The book was very long but very interesting. Hemingway had a big, complicated life. I enjoyed the narration.