• True at First Light

  • A Fictional Memoir
  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Brian Dennehy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 22-01-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (14 ratings)


Both revealing self-portrait and dramatic fictional chronicle of his final African safari, Ernest Hemingway's last unpublished work was written when he returned from Kenya in 1953. Edited by his son Patrick, who accompanied his father on the safari, True at First Light offers rare insights into the legendary American writer. A blend of autobiography and fiction, the book opens on the day his close friend, Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves Ernest in charge of the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe. Drama continues to build as his wife, Mary, pursues the great black-maned lion that has become her obsession. Spicing his depictions of human longings with sharp humor, Hemingway captures the excitement of big-game hunting and the unparalleled beauty of the scenery: the green plains covered with gray mist, zebra and gazelle traversing the horizon, cool dark nights broken by the sounds of the hyena's cry.
Who's your papa? Listen to more from Ernest Hemingway.
©1999 All Rights Reserved (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Critic reviews

"Twentieth-century American literature could not end on a brighter note than the publication of this book." ( Library Journal)
"Amusing, moving, and of treasurable importance to an understanding of this massive, however flawed, genius of our literature." ( Kirkus Reviews) "A major literary event. In addition to the book's intrinsic pleasures, it provides a new window into the tantalizing, unsettling, oceanic world of his experimental, unfinished late work." ( Newsweek)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mercadier on 07-04-13

Hemingway, I Presume?

Hemingway is one of the greatest authors of all time and the narration of this book is excellent. It is an interesting account of Hemingway's life in Africa with his wife, Mary. If you have already read or heard Garden of Eden, which is also available on audible, you should definitely try this.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tamrya Nash on 08-07-12

Not good for audible

This provided way more in written form. The story itself is decent, but just does not make for a good audible.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jeff on 14-02-11

Good match of author and narrator

A serious Hemingway fan, I have been unable to read this book from beginning to end. Dennehy's flat voice is a perfect match to the often self-parody prose of the novel. As a captive audience of one as I commute each day, I have found that the audiobook has made it possible to enjoy this book in a way that the novel itself does not.
(None of the foreign words Hemingway employs really make or break any plot points, but it's worth checking the glossary at the end of the print edition for a fuller understanding of his pidgin-Swahili.)

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