I might be unconventional to say this, but I feel like I just spent time with an episode of Seinfeld. Other than the slightly underlying love story and the fact that they finally traveled over to Spain there really wasn't much going on in the story. While the people in the story may have had background interesting lives and things that they've done, the story itself really only surrounded a small part of their life, and we really didn't get to know much about them that would make them much more interesting than what we would know in a Seinfeld episode.
Now I have to keep in mind here that this was written in a time and era when the descriptions of who was sleeping with who and what was going on was probably a lot more exciting and interesting. Seeing as this is 2016 most of this is not very sensational in our lives today.
It was a nice story, but I kept asking myself when things are going to build or come to some big thing. And I guess it kind of did but not in the way that we typically see or experience in literature today.
I do feel the performance of this particular audiobook was really well done.
I am baffled as to why this is such a classic. The story seems to meander aimlessly, then end. Perhaps at the time of it's release after World War 1 it was innovative, but I found it a waste of time and couldn't wait for it to end. Mercifully it finally did. William Hurt was just awful, unless he was supposed to narrate in an emotionless, monotone fashion.
This being the first Hemingway book I've read/listened to, I can see why he is so celebrated.
The distinct personalities of each character makes one feel as if they've known them personally and the imagery is amazing.
William Hurt's narration was outstanding. His inflections and different accents made for a fully immersive experience.
i loved this book. i read it in conjunction with The Paris Wife, and A Moveable Feast. while i could read Hemingway all day long, it is an aquired taste. i enjoyed William Hurts narration as well - especially while set in Pamplona (book 2). well done!
Hemingway first novel which launched the modern literary movement of the 20th century. The understanding of disillusion and incredible use language.
I HAPPENED TO FIND THIS BOOK IN MY LIBRARY AND I SAID HOW LUCKY I AM TO HAVE FOUND THIS BOOK NOW THAT WE'RE APPROACHING SAN FERMÍN HOLIDAYS HERE IN SPAIN. SO I STARTED READIND THIS BOOK LISTENING TO AUDIOBOOK WILLIAM HURT.
BUT WHAT I REALLY WAS LOOKING FOR IS SOMEONE READING IN BRITISH ACCENT.
HOPEFULLY I SAID I WILL FIND ANITHER BOOK WITH A DIFFERENT ACCENT I MEAN BRITISH ONE.
GREAT. THANK YOU
Middle aged tech employee with interests from behavioral economics to Harry Potter. I live on a small farm outside of Kent Ohio.
I goat read this in high school, then again in college, it made a he'll of a lot more sense thirty years later...
A perfect novel and great audiobook. Bigoted Language reflective of the 1920s. Nothing to be proud of there.