REVIEW: The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

Audio CD, 1 disk (1 hours)
Published February 1st 2008 by Caedmon (first published 1939)
ISBN:  0061457841
2 stars overall / 4 stars audio narration
Goodreads Synopsis:
It came with a rush; not as a rush of water nor of wind; but of a sudden evil-smelling emptiness. . .  A flamboyant, hard-drinking, ruthless and womanizing world adventurer comes face-to-face with the one antagonist he cannot conquer: his own ignoble and imminent death. . . .Written in 1938, The Snows of Kilimanjaro is a classic distillation of the themes Ernest Hemingway obsessively explored throughout his writing career.  When Harry, the central character, goes on safari to  work the fat off his mind,  his ambitions are cut short when a terrible accident leaves him facing his ultimate death and weighing the meaning of his life.  Hemingway’s brilliant prose is given a penetrating and moving reading by Charlton Heston in an audio that only deepens in meaning with each listening.
My Thoughts:
I have to say that I didn’t love it.  Perhaps I’m missing the point, perhaps not.  After four atempts to get through it – and the audio version at that – I finally did.  Charlton Heston, while wonderful as a narrator, could not revive what was an irretrievably dull story for me.  Oh well…

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