Yes, it is so nuanced I am sure I missed a lot the first time.
I listened to this while I was sailing around Cuba. I literally felt like I was on the boat with Hemingway searching the tiny surrounding islands for the German sailors. The story felt so authentic and un apologetic for the way Hemingway lead his life. It made me feel sympathetic for him as a person and want to revisit his other lesser known works. It is written pretty raw, one gets a sense that Hemingway would have maybe edited down some of the chapters but it is this sense of rawness that make you feel like you are peaking at Hemingway's notes and glean a deeper appreciation of the way he thought about a story.
Greenwood does great job doing the different voices. It is very well produced and delightful to listen to.
I immediately made 4 people in my life listen to it and discuss it with me. They all loved it just as much as me and couldn't believe it isn't more well known.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Hemingway.
Bruce Greenwood delivers an amazing performance on an odd book. I struggled to finish this one, but couldn't give up on it. Every time I'd listen, I'd get drawn in by his brilliant descriptions and dialogue, and then get bored after an hour because it never seemed to go anywhere. That being said, I would still recommend it to anyone. There are several moments that invoked a deep emotional response in me, and isn't that what it's all about?
I found this very disjointed. The stories just not tied together. It's like they glued a few books together that had nothing to do with each other. Perhaps it was intended to be a series that never was. It might work well as a play but I doubt it. It most certainly does not work well as an audiobook.
everything after the loss of the great swordfish. Was downhill after that.
This book is such a mixed bag. The first 1/3 is some of the best Hemingway I have ever read - truly beautiful and heartbreaking. The middle third is pretty much a waste of time, in my opinion. And the last third is so slow moving - like the doldrums of still seas - that I don't know if it's good or not.So, with all of that said, I would have to say this book is only really going to please long time / serious fans of Ernest Hemingway. Like most posthumous work, it feels unpolished and unfinished. But for the super fans, they will likely really enjoy it. If you enjoy tight, fast-paced, well-resolved fiction, this isn't for you.Bottom line: Islands in the Stream feels like the literary bringing to life of a very very sad man who has lost his love for life and is, like the protagonist Thomas Hudson, working purely out of a sense of duty. Because there is nothing else left.*Note: Voice talent Bruce Greenwood did and exceptional job with this title - his work as the reader was beautiful. Likely the best thing about this book is the narration. Bravo Bruce.
Long. Slow. Disjointed. Morose, bordering on depressing.
Think more carefully about reading Hemingway.
Islands in the Stream is a perfectly good novel, though no one would claim that is Hemingway's best. Bruce Greenwood's performance, however, made it hands down the best book I have listened to and brought it to life in a way that made it much more enjoyable than reading the book could have been. His ability to create different accents and voices for the various characters was impressive. I am disappointed that there are no other books he has read. If there is any slim chance that he might see this: Bruce Greenwood, audiobooks are your superpower and I implore you to do more!
One of the best one man performance of straight literature I have listened to.
He captured mood. Inflection of the children and ESL groups well.
The story of an artist and father a solder and a thinker. Bruce Greenwood's performance was nothing short of brilliant. His charters were engaging and brought this story to life!
I love Hemingway in print but maybe just too slow and boring for me in audio... My patience probably gives out quicker when I'm listening at the gym and want a little more pep to keep me going. It was a pretty good story and classic wonderful Hem writing style, and the narration was good too, but some of the parts were hard for me to follow. Especially when some of the main characters died (no spoiler), the details given were so vague and the aftermath felt rushed, I got lost. Again, maybe in print I would have caught it better. By the end of the first half I couldn't believe there was still another half left, and I gave up.