The excellent narration by William Hurt brings this classic to life. The book still feels very modern, allthough some aspects in the story are dated.
Norman B. Bradley
You've go to be kidding.
Definitely. His reading was brilliant. Just enough differentiation and personalization of the characters without sounding like a staged performance. Perfect pacing.
What a stupid question.
Yes. William Hurt really brought to life the characters
While I didn't really have a favorite I liked Cohen the least.
No. This was my first experience.
Parts of it really made me laugh
Again as in a second time or again as in for the 1st time? I'll just assume the question means for the 1st time. Listening for a second time would be incredibly boring and quite pointless, as I have already listened to it once.
This was my first Hemmingway book and I rather liked it. The characters were real and flawed as hell, except maybe Jake who's only flaw is perhaps the company he keeps.
The book moves along a good clip with just enough detail at the right places to make it come alive and flesh out what needs fleshing out. Like a masterpiece sculpture, you don't want too much fat (useless detail) and you want just the right portions of lean muscle and sinew (meaningful interesting detail). This book has just that.
Jake, he's a mans man drinking, smoking, watching bull fights. Jake appears to be Hemmingway himself in many respects.
Everything, the man is a master.
I don't have a F.....ing clue.
This book captures the post world war I period in Europe from the point of view of some artists and ex-patriots. The slang is obviously dated and they used terms that just aren't heard anymore, but you sort of get used to it. It makes you want to go to Spain and hang out in an old bar, go to the bull fights, go fishing in a remote stream, drink wine all day and not even mind the fact there is no air conditioning.
I think one of the key things about this book is that it doesn't try to be overly ambitious and therefore doesn't become overly heavy and boring. It's just a story about some people on a trip in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, but mostly Spain. There is jealousy, anger, fighting, drinking, fishing, impotence and for a while you don't know if maybe something real bad might happen to a few of the people or not.
I'm giving it 5 stars, but only because I can't give it 4.5 stars. It's better than 4 out of 5 which is 80%.
Hemmingway's style of simple, frank and truthful writing is unique and pleasant to the ear. There is just something about his work that garners the feeling of adventure and manly melancholy that lingers after you've finished listening.
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.