The story itself is pretty dismal as Hemingway chronicles the emptiness many of the Lost Generation found.The narration by William Hurt, though, is great! This narration really enhances the reading of the book as he captures tone and emotion. The Scottish accent (Mike) is really well done and the humorous exchanges between Bill & Mike come across especially well.
New Englander Living in Latin America
The blasé attitude of the writer and the characters. Everything was so blasé to them that it made me feel the same way about them and the novel.
William was ok, but his French accent often sounded like his Russian character in Gorky Park.
It was written by Hemingway and is supposed to be a classic. Other than the development of the blasé characters, there was nothing terribly interesting about the story or the writing. This was my first Hemingway and I hope it wasn't his best work. I found him tedious and hopeless.
I probably won't read more Hemingway; I didn't like him way back when I was in high school either. I would be happy to listen to William Hurt narrate anytime!
I usually love a character driven plot, but in this case I wish I had cared more about the characters. And I would like more dramatic tension. The story seemed tedious even though it wasn't that long.
I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and Spain, but got so tired of the characters. I also could not believe how much booze they drank every day - wow! My book group read this after we read "The Paris Wife", which we really enjoyed, but none of us thought Hemingway's book was that great.
Book: Normally, I do not comment on classics. In this case, I will. The story was interesting and gave a glimpse of the period. However, I felt it was wandering and lacked a strong sense of purpose. I understand the style of writing and the context / detail were the strongest features of the book.
Reader: I enjoyed Mr. Hurt's take on the novel. He helped me immerse myself into the characters.
Yes, I think so.
I've read this novel several times so i was just looking for a different experience and it paid off. Hemmingway's novel is so spare and yet there are many layers, whicgh reveal themselves as the reader grows older and has learned to live without somethings which sem within reach but cannot be tasted. That final line, "Yes, wouldn't it be pretty to think so." never fails to break my heart.
Of course I am familier with William Hurt as an actor and always liked him quite a bit, but I was very dubious about him as the right guy to read Hemmingway. At first my worst fears were confirmed, with Hurt's very identifiable monotone, but it didn't take long for his reading to grow on me. He was very good and funny with reading the charactor's lines, especially Bill. I had never ealized how funny Bill was until I heard William Hurt read this novel.
They should remake this but I have no idea what the tag line should be. make the movie first and then I'll give you a line.,
Hemmingway's best work, in my opinion. Once i start reading it i cannot put the book down, and once I started listening to it i could not put the headphones down.
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.