I think I first read this story 45 years ago. I loved it then and listening to it now was like listening to an old friend tell the story again. It was as good now as it was when I was in high school. The narrated was excellent!
In some places the story was a little distorted, broken, and slightly obscure, but all and all this is an absolutely endearing listening experience. I say absolutely endearing because no matter where you pick up in the story you can feel the tradgedy and loving intoxication of Hemmingway's writing. You can imagine yourself in the Bahama's during the depresion or in Cuba during WW2. No other author can quite give the expericence that any Hemmingway book delivers so ominously, and all of this despite the discontinuity. I would recommend this to anyone, but if you even remotely like Ernest Hemmingway then check this one out.
I read this because, one, I love Hemingway and, two, I was very interested in reading what the Bahamas and Cuba was like in his day. But here's the deal: this book is not good. And I'm not being rude, Hemingway wrote hundreds of short stories that were never published and nobody can be great all the time. Here's what happened: The work was written originally as a short story trilogy, however, the third part was published on its own as "The Old Man of the Sea" - which is outstanding. After Hemingway's death, his wife and editor found another unpublished short story known as "The Chase" and decided it would be a great replacement third chapter to the trilogy since it involved the same character involved in the first two. That became "Islands in the Stream" - three short stories about the same guy in different stages of life. It's a good idea, except for the fact that the stories are not very good on their own.
I went in thing the book would be good but it was great, especially the second half. I thought the chase was excellently written and as a WWII buff very believable. I felt like I was in the book. Don't miss it.
The reader was great, but the story seemed disjointed, like a bunch of short stories glued together to make a book. I have really enjoyed all other Hemingway books, but thought this story pretty weak. I wonder when in his career this was written?
This is one of his best books in my opinion. The writing is so detailed and he explores the inner beings of each character.
I recently saw the movie with George C Scott. Although it was amazing in its own right it could not compare to the writings of this book.
it's not his best work, in my opinion. however, it's important work from a fabulous writer and a person greater than life..I had the privilege ok knowing him in person in Cuba.. Mark
Although I am a huge fan of Hemingway, I can't say enough of the narration by Greenwood. Throughout the entire story I kept thinking of Robert Redford and his smooth voice. Excellent.
I have read this book several times. And I have diminished eyesight, so I started listening.
The narration of this book couldn't be done any better....