This is the first instance of Hemingway's writing I've listened to, and I really enjoyed his simple and direct writing style. It's not easy to portray the empty and searching feeling of ennui that is so common among all people without having characters that come off as spoiled or pretentious, but this book manages it. While it's hard to say how my experience with this book is lacking in that my generation is not anchored by the common experience of war, I still found myself identifying with many of the characters. A fantastic, understated listen.
I have well over 200 audible books and this has to be in a race with "Catch 22" for the worst all around book! Both story and narration are equally horrific. There is not one character in this book that you ever care anything about and at no time is there anytime in the story where you can't wait to see what happens next?!
How can books like this be considered old masterpieces? Is it the George Lucas effect were we all say "well he created the genre so it has to be good" why do we always do this over and over with everything? But if you read the other reviews there are people that hail this as a masterpiece? Who are these people?
If you really must read this book I implore you to hit the preview button first, because that droning sound is what you are going to get for hours on end...
Ps. If you work for the CIA and want people to talk, you don't need to waterboard people just play this book for them. I guarantee after an hour they will tell you anything.
Always wanted to read this, glad I have. I like Ernest's writing style and the bullfighting in the last third of the book was great to! Really want me to go see it (much to the horror of those poor animals)
The narrator did a great job with the male voices but the female voices were about awful it was sometimes hard to understand who was who as the narrators deep voice confused things.
I believe this is a book worth your time!
This is difficult to listen to without slipping into a deep coma. Hurt's monotone delivery takes away from the enjoyment of a great story.
William Hurt's narration really brought this book to life for me. His voice is perfect for Hemingway's blunt, direct, wry style, and he's doing a great job switching smoothly between the various characters and their accents, from American to Scotch to British. Not to mention that he knows how to pronounce French and Spanish words correctly!
I haven't been a big Hemingway fan in the past, but I enjoyed this audiobook immensely.
This is a great story. Unfortunately I had a lot of technical glitches during the listening. Many times it would go silent and skip ahead. Very annoying. Otherwise good experience.
Hemingway's insightful character study of post World War I supposed care-free, heavy drinking vactioners in Europe exposes just how vapid their high-society lives actually are. Masterfully read by William Hurt, accents and all, the reading puts you amid the action, as well as insight into Hemingway's often flawed characters.