Any other narrator.
It's pacing. The characters. Everything.
Anyone else capable of speech.
In this version? All of it. The narrator has committed an unspeakable act of violence to this text.
This is the first audiobook that I have had to stop reading because of a narrator. I'm not too picky and can stand sub-par narration. But this was a horror show. This is my favourite book. I have read it countless times. I was excited to hear the audiobook for the first time. Oh boy, was I was let down. I couldn't keep going after only fifteeen minutes. It hurt my soul to hear this book read so blandly with wild, careless inflections. It was read as if for the first time and like every other sentence surprised the speaker. There are some other reviews which detail the poor narration better than I and anyone reading this should check them out too.
I hastily got a refund only to find there are no other versions on audible and I couldn't leave a review without owning it. So I respent the credit and I will prbably keep the book. I may even listen to it again at some point but I will not enjoy it.
It is a travesty that so many others have left such good reviews. The score for this audiobook should be much lower. It is also a shame that the audiobook will probably sell so well merely because it is the only version on audible.
The story is pleasant like a warmly lit room, good friends, and a stiff drink.
Jacob, he's the main character and he's just unlikable enough to love.
Bret, definitely surprised me how convincing he was
The narrator makes this book. I get bored of straight reading so his cadence lends a different experience that can't be found by anyone just spouting out the words
amazing novel, but the narrator's inflections made it seem like he was reading the story for the first time. it was staggered and strange, but i like his voice and i guess in a way he did capture the rhythm of hemingway, but he could have done better.
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!