I've listened to the story twice (have read it maybe a half dozen times over the years), and each time I get a bit more from it. Sometimes it is insight into the era, sometimes the characters, sometimes for its lessons on how to write. As time goes by and my perspective changes, so do the characters.
The story is more a collection of character studies--to me--then about any of the particular events related. Hemingway's ability to paint a detailed setting and then overlay the character's dialogue so that the two are utterly separate yet equally interesting makes the work worth the reread. That said, I find most of his work to most remind me of the Seinfeld series: stories about nothing, and everything.
Hurt's performance put me off at the start. Too staccato, I thought, and found it annoying. The various characters, though, were clearly defined by either accent or style, and I never once had to wonder who was speaking. Eventually, I accepted the staccato voice of the protagonist not as a shortcoming on Hurt's part, but rather, as the personality of the character.
Just like the antisemitism in the Merchant of Venice, and the racism in TKa Mockingbird, the oft-recurring thread of Jew-hatred in this story is hard to take, and listening to it evokes a stronger reaction than just reading the words on a page.
Absolutely! We've all read some Hemingway in the past - possibly while we were at school, but listening to one of his earliest books, now that we're older and wiser, brings a whole new dimension. I was inspired to reread this (or should I say listen) after reading The Paris Wife which is about Hemingway and Hadley during the period he wrote The Sun Also Rises. It was wonderful to make the connections between the real life friends and the marvelous characters in the book. I was addicted. I hated unplugging to recharge my iPod. Loved it!!
All the scenes in Paris. It's one of my favorite cities and this just made me wish I had been there in the 1920s.
Mr Hurt did an excellent job. His accents were very respectable but more importantly he has a wonderful cadence to his performance that really captures the pace of the time.
Definitely. I was quite sad as I realized we were nearing the end.
Yes I would listen again, the story was easy to understand if not relatable and since this is my first Hemmingway listen or read, I have no comparision. I was surprised to find his work mundane, but compelling enough to keep listening.
Yes, I would recommend this to others as the story was informative about various subjects and lifestyles of a bygone era.
I don't have a favorite, but the Scottish accent Hurt did for Mike was great!
This book did not have me on the edge of my seat, so I stopped and started as time allowed.
I was satisfied to have finally listened to the work of such an acclaimed author as Hemmingway,even if I was a little surprised at how mundane and simplistic his style seemed to me. I supposed nothing can take away from a great story, but if you prefer novels that are a little more wordy and challenging then you might want to pass on this one.
A chance to hear a famous author's work
ability to handle all of the town names
I have been listening to Audible for almost two years and this one was the best. William Hurt does a brilliant job of reading this story. I know it may seem lackadaisical in the sample but it fits the story perfectly.
The story itself is brilliant. Hemingway paints an impressionist picture of his characters. He does not tell us everything the main character feels, rather he allows us to pick up on the subtle clues to understand the characters. On the surface it may seem that the characters are just enjoying Paris and Pamplona but everything has a deeper meaning.
Don't hesitate buy the book. I am listening to it for the third time.
The endless description of food, coffee, fishing and bullfighting is hypnotic. Many readers cant stand it, but one gets caught up in the flow of the small events that comprise the larger narrative. The famous Hemingway terseness is a jarring read on the page, but Hurt's reading interprets the repeated description of
Any aficionado of the American novel should contrast this one with The Great Gatsby and one of the early Faulkner novels, e.g., Sanctuary.
no -- just his movie and stage work. He is a good actor.
no extreme reactions
ITs a classic and now going to Pamplona is on my bucket list.
William Hurt was phenomenal. I can't imagine anyone else reading it better.
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 was the PERFECT choice for narrating this old but still incredibly well written book. Enjoyed his reading of it very much.
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?