The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: Volume I

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Narrator: Stacy Keach
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: September 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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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 Macomben The Capital of the Work- 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.

Reviews (2)

Short Stories Volume II

Written by johnnyy2k on August 1st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful!! Between Hemingway's rich panoramas to Satacy Keach's to warm and emotive vocals, this was an exceptional book. Several of the stories, particularly, My Old Man, will stick with you long after you hear them. I went back an reread some of the stories and this audio version was tremendously better. Modern writers feel the need to add expletives and sexual content to spice up otherwise bland tales, but Hemingway's genius shines through in these tales you can read without the need to blush or cover the ears of nearby children.

Short Stories Volume II

Written by Colleen on June 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL. I know this is not a politically correct review of a great like Hemingway . . . but these were not stories but incomplete thoughts! It reminded me of the movie "Planes, trains and automobiles" with Steve Martin when he says to John Candy about his chatter to have a point! These stories have no point!! It was torture to listen to them. I kept waiting for greatness, but found none. Plus, as an animal lover I was disturbed by the frequent graphic references to hunting and bull fighting. Did I mention the gratuitous use of French? Spare me! The only saving grace is that Stacy Keach was suprisingly good.

Author Details

Author Details

Hemingway, Ernest

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. Serving at the front, he was wounded, was decorated by the Italian Government, and spent considerable time in hospitals. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution.

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 (1926). Equally successful was A Farewell to Arms (1929), the study of an American ambulance officer's disillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter. Hemingway used his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Among his later works, the most outstanding is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), the story of an old fisherman's journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat.

Hemingway - himself a great sportsman - liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters - tough, at times primitive people whose courage and honesty are set against the brutal ways of modern society, and who in this confrontation lose hope and faith. His straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement are particularly effective in his short stories, some of which are collected in Men Without Women (1927) and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938). Hemingway died in Idaho in 1961.