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.
Hemingway at his finest. Lovely development of relationships and the narration is just delightful. William Hurt is brilliant - dramatizing the accents and doing it so well. He really enhances the storytelling. I hated for it to be over and looked forward to listening each time!
I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.
The definitive novel of the Lost Generation. Fast, promiscuous lives in Paris, Spain. Bullfighting and infighting, told in Hemingway's trademark understated, elegant way. Simply outstanding.
William Hurt's choice of emphasis on parts of the sentence struck me as odd at first. Pauses and emphasis where you don't expect it give a feeling of awkwardness, like Macon Leary was reading this book.
As he is vocalizing Hemingway's inner voice I am not sure this is entirely out of place, but it took me a while to get used to it. Overall I really enjoyed the narration. The character voices were simply superb. Mr Hurt does a mean Scottish accent.
Right before I listened to this book, I listened to The Paris Wife which details Hemmingway's first wife and the era in which he wrote The Sun Also Rises. Seems he took much of the plot for The Sun Also Rises from his actual experiences although he left his wife out of this book completely.
Wiliam Hurt, the narrator capture's the machismo of the bullfighting and Hemmingway himself perfectly.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
I would say that I enjoyed listening to this book. Hemmingway's way with words is always exceptional and it was good to read another of his famous works. However, I noticed many similarities between this and his work a moveable feast which took me out of the story a couple of times.
The stroy itself was an intersting look into real events and therefore was pretty good.
I really enjoyed the report of the fight. Hemmingway's courage to take what would be the climax for many authors and have it occur without the reader being directly involved. A courages and exciting choice.
I will defeinitely read more Hemmingway and will never go to a bull fight.
Mommy of Pookies
I listened to this and then A Paris Wife right after. Simply amazing experience for a Hemingway fan!! William Hurt is a a wonderful! If you want to experience Hemingway the right way, listen to this book! Skip the Old Man and the Sea and go for teh gusto of bull fighting!!
Excellent book, excellent story. Hemingway had me doing the dishes dreaming of Spain. Every flick of my tea-towel was imbued with the magic of the matador's cloak! Quite well read by William Hurt, but sometimes the 5 or 6 different accents get a bit much. A noble effort though, could benefit from a cast of readers to really keep your undivided attention on the characters.