A fun ride!
The first interaction between Pedro Romero and Jake.
The accents, I couldn't imagine just reading the book!
Just entertained throughout.
I never read this book when growing and after reading The Paris Wife I was intrigued to read something written by Hemingway. However, I was really dissappointed.
The story dragged on and was confusing at times.
William Hurt occassionally did not differentiate between the characters well and that got a little confusing but I found the most irritating part of his reading was that he seemed to end most sentences as if they were questions. He spoke all of the book that way and I found it quite annoying.
Not a total waste of listeniing time but I'll take a break from more Hemingway for now.
Without a doubt.
If the entire book were read aloud in William Hurt's natural voice, it would have been a very pleasant experience. But Hurt's narration is so much more. Like Jim Dale in the Harry Potter series, every character has a different style. But with Hurt, it's much more than a different pitch or tone. He brings accents to the table, be it American, British, French, Spanish, and Basque accents, along with variations when the characters are drunk.It's all quite captivating and brilliantly executed. So much more engaging than simply reading the text.
The story is timeless, of course, and I am not worthy to critique it. I enjoyed it, though I found myself disappointed by the actions of one of the main characters.
This story is just about spoil brats who look for the meaning of life. I only listened to it because I had to for English.
Book 9 of Wheel of time
Eh he's ok I guess
I'd recommend most of Hemingway to friends, although the portrait of Hemingway's Paris is more appealing in A Moveable Feast, and the post-WW I "lost generation" setting is not particularly easy to relate to today; nor is the glamour of bullfighting so well portrayed here, as relevant today.
A Moveable Feast- for its descriptions of Paris in the 1920s.
While William Hurt delineated the characters well, and read the dialogue in a fluid, realistic way, he ruined many of Hemingway's wonderful descriptive passages for me with some really awkward phrasing and inappropriate emphases in strange parts of sentences, really disrupting the flow of the passage. This was particularly so early on, but a persistent problem throughout the book.
Apart from drinking three bottles of wine a night, arguing with my friends, or getting "a bit tight" every day, not really
I would be wary of buying more books narrated by William Hurt
This was time well spent! William Hurt did an exceptional job reading this story and was able to capture each of the characters in a unique and interesting way. I am already a Hemmingway fan, and this is essential Hemmingway. If you don't like his style, however, then you won't care for this book. Personally, I enjoy the fact that he doesn't spell everything out for his readers and allows them to actually experience his stories instead of spoon-feeding us meaning and drowning us in superfluous symbolism. His straight-forward style of writing is devoid of the wordy flourishes some writers feel necessary, but still maintains same the breadth and depth of truth and humanity as other writers of his caliber. Overall, a fantastic book and a worthy performance! Highly recommended.
The simple truth of human emotion and experience.
I have not listened to any other audiobooks by William Hurt
Some of the scenes with the bulls were difficult to get through.
Hemingway at his finest. Lovely development of relationships and the narration is just delightful. William Hurt is brilliant - dramatizing the accents and doing it so well. He really enhances the storytelling. I hated for it to be over and looked forward to listening each time!
I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.
The definitive novel of the Lost Generation. Fast, promiscuous lives in Paris, Spain. Bullfighting and infighting, told in Hemingway's trademark understated, elegant way. Simply outstanding.
William Hurt's choice of emphasis on parts of the sentence struck me as odd at first. Pauses and emphasis where you don't expect it give a feeling of awkwardness, like Macon Leary was reading this book.
As he is vocalizing Hemingway's inner voice I am not sure this is entirely out of place, but it took me a while to get used to it. Overall I really enjoyed the narration. The character voices were simply superb. Mr Hurt does a mean Scottish accent.
My favorite book
I am struggling to put my finger on it. I just simply did not like William Hurt's version of this. I WISH there was another version. I would buy it again.
My favorite book utterly ruined due to narrator's voice. I accept this as a possiblity when purchasing audiobooks and have had similar reactions to other narrators. Those in particular make me angry as they are supposedly professionals. But William Hurt is an actor. Not sure what I am saying, but I gave this 5 attempts...FIVE attempts and it was still painful.
All I can ask is: what the heck was William Hurt smoking when he narrated this masterpiece?! His overall reading of the book was misguided and annoying, but listening to him interpret the lines and conversations of the key characters was unbearable. After a while, I just sat back with some sort of horrid fascination and listened to him mangle and destroy and misrepresent Hemingway's masterpiece ... and then I pulled the plug.
Great novel - abysmal performance. For shame!