I'm sorry but William Hurt hurts this novel. He does fine with the dialogue passages which makes sense i guess as an actor, but his voice and bored rendition of the narrative passages is just plain poor. At times as he's reading it seemed that he was seeing the text for the first time, his emphasis and inflection is off all over the place.
This is a great novel and I wish they would get the reading by Adams that Books on Tape had that I bought the cassettes of years ago. Much better reading. Adams did many of EH's novels and did them well, and though then I may have wished for variety in voices, I'd take those now.
Nice idea to have distinctive voices for EH, but you need some more dynamic readers, not ones that sound bored by the project. Donald Sutherland is a great actor, but a terrible reader of Old Man. Get the Charlton Heston versions of Old Man and Snows if you can and Scourby's reading of Macomber is awesome, Heston and Scourby are perfection.
Wished I had read rather than listened. Very weak narration as compared to other audible books. Hemingway no problem.... Weak acting
This is possibly the best audio book I have ever listened to. William Hurt's narration is masterful bordering on dramatization but never losing touch with the classic Hemingway prose. This is one of those rare books that I did not want to end. It is altogether possible I will listen to it again simply because it was such a pleasure.
Insomniacs. People who unreservedly love William Hurt
Giving up and turning the awful droning off.
I cant stay awake through the "Hurt" I realize there are all different tastes and people prefer different narrational styles. However William Hurt to my ears is so painfully flat, droning, and lacking any real character depth in his narration as to make this book listenable. I have had this book for over 6 months and have tried to listen to is many times without success. This is very rare for me to be unable to listen to a story (especially a well written story) due to the narrator. I have narrators I prefer not to listen to (Scott Brick) however I still managed to listen through a @40 hour book (The Company) multiple times in the years it has been in my library. This book however is possibly the first time in my @15 years as an Audible subscriber I can't manage to finish to a book I purchased. Hell I doubt I have managed to stay awake through more than the first couple of hours. As for who to read this story, I would say Campbell Scott. He did a fantastic job on For Whom the Bell Tolls. For me Campbell Scott just gets the Hemingway pacing, cool and tonality.
Hugely disappointed by the monotone narration. Such a waste of a good story and a credit.
Listen to the sample very carefully, It doesn't get any better and probably gets much worse. ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Can I get a refund for this wasted credit?
His foreign accents are abominable. Even his performance of the main character is completely flat. Frankly, I didn't even finish listening because the accents were so distracting!
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
Magnificent character study; superlative because each personality is introduced, developed and metamorphosed into a looking glass examination of human nature. Be careful before you pick up this book to read or listen to. Hemingway is not studying the joys of life; rather its drudgeries.
There is joy in the book though. It comes from Hemingway’s ability to describe, the Running of the Bulls the antecedent and integral part of the Bull Fight, as the process is known in English. Hemmingway teaches us that the English words, Bull Fight, do not do justice to the ritual. His description is magical. His narrative may be the most famous modelling of sacramental activity in all of literature. It description becomes a second tale within the overall saga. It is the story of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honor of Saint Fermin. Just a magnificent telling. The world wide fame of the Pamplona festival, comes directly from Hemingway, in the Sun also Rises.
To top it all off, William Hurt narrates. There could not be a more perfect depiction of Hemingway’s words, a perfect reflection of the novel’s tenor, and an opportunity to visit genius at work. Remember, though, this book does not tell you of a happy time. Right down to its final sentence it leaves one irresolute about life.
I really liked the characters and how Hemingway introduces and then holds true to their persona in the book. I liked the flow and pace of the book, I think the descriptions of Paris and the Spanish country were telling.
What can I say about this novel that hasn't already been said by those with more critical minds and more eloquent praise. Sparsely told with characters and locales who come to life in ways most writers wish they were capable. Captures a time and a sense of being long before I existed, but never seems out dated or obsolete. From France to Spain, from the long days at the cafes to the running of the bulls, this tells the tale of post WWI with exquisite detail. That said (and I do not offer this as criticism, simply fact) -- if you are looking for a "quick paced page-turner" this may not be for you. This is meant to be taken in slowly, savoring each word.
William Hurt's narration of this novel is simply amazing. His voice makes the story come to life, and his rendition of Mike (the drunken Scottsman) made me really fall in love with the story.
Hurt's excellent French pronunciations also helps considering I have no working knowledge of how to speak romance languages. This story was great from beginning to end. An audible must have!
I had to read this book for a university course. First I read the novel myself and then listened to William Hurt's narration. He made the novel come alive for me and inspired me to write my essay on this novel. I especially enjoyed his characterization of Bill's dialogue. I would recommend this audio book to anyone looking for an enjoyable experience.