I was recently contacted by the Audio division of Simon & Schuster, who let me know that the Complete Works of Ernest Hemingway were about to be released, for the first time, as an audiobook collection. As a fan of Hemingway, I was thrilled. Then, after seeing who they got to narrate these texts, I became even more excited!
Normally, I’m not one to promote for promotion’s sake, but because I’m a regular Hemingway reader and because I know a lot of my subscribers are also fans of the classics (I’m lookin’ at you, Classics Club members!), I thought it was appropriate to share this information.
Here’s a link to an excerpt from The Old Man and the Sea. Other excerpts are available to listen to on the website. Also, if you visit the website directly, you will be able to purchase the collection for 40% off! This is only available until December 15th (and while supplies last), so I definitely wanted to get the word out. It’s a great gift idea for the holidays – either as a treat for you or for a special someone (cough – yours truly? – cough!). 😉
More Info from the Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio is proud to announce the publication of THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY AUDIOBOOK LIBRARY on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. This comprehensive collection brings together all of Hemingway’s novels, nonfiction and short stories. Narrated by an all-star group of actors, the collection offers 133 hours of audio on 15 MP3 CDs and includes an intimate conversation with Hemingway’s last surviving son, Patrick.
“Since 2002, Simon & Schuster Audio has been re-introducing Hemingway’s incomparable body of work to a new generation of listeners, read by some of the finest actors of our generation,” says Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. “Today, the MP3 audio format allows us to offer all of Hemingway’s audiobooks in this beautiful collector’s edition. It is an incredible value for Hemingway enthusiasts.”
The collection includes Donald Sutherland reading The Old Man and the Sea, William Hurt reading The Sun Also Rises, John Slattery reading A Farewell to Arms and The Short Stories read by Stacy Keach. Other actors featured in the collection are: Brian Dennehy, Boyd Gaines, Bruce Greenwood, John Bedford Lloyd, Josh Lucas, Will Patton, Campbell Scott, and Patrick Wilson.
In addition, the collection’s exclusive interview with the author’s only surviving son is as compelling as the productions themselves. Patrick Hemingway talks frankly about his childhood growing up in Key West and reflects on the life and legacy of his father, Patrick’s candid look back is a unique view into the life of one of America’s greatest writers.
Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. The publications of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of his time. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.