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Islands in the Stream Audiobook

Islands in the Stream

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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer, a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the 20th century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century.

As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.

©1970 Mary Hemingway; ©1970 Charles Scribner's Sons. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Amazon Customer 06-03-16 Member Since 2016

    Retired and loving every minute!

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    "Good Read"

    First time to read Hemingway. most enjoyable. If you get a chance you must visit his home in Key West. Having been there you so much more enjoyable his books.

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    brian 04-20-16
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    "Beautiful author and captivating reader."

    An excellent introduction to Hemingway. My first book of his , I didn't want it to end I'm hungry for more.

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    COREY DON CAMPBELL 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this work!!"

    I have to say that I am not too fond of audio books. I was a little hesitant to purchase this due to the price, but upon listening to it during a long spring break drive I found myself won over by Mr. Greenwood's voice and Hemingways simple, but profound dialogue. Ya the whole conch thing was a tad annoying, but that didn't take away from what I thought was money well spent. CD

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    Jared Rainier 03-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of his best"

    I'm a massive Hemingway fan and I can say that this is easily one of his best works, in my personal top two favorite Hemingway stories. The perfor

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    Ziya 01-27-16
    Ziya 01-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Hidden Hemingway Gem"
    Would you listen to Islands in the Stream again? Why?

    Yes, it is so nuanced I am sure I missed a lot the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listened to this while I was sailing around Cuba. I literally felt like I was on the boat with Hemingway searching the tiny surrounding islands for the German sailors. The story felt so authentic and un apologetic for the way Hemingway lead his life. It made me feel sympathetic for him as a person and want to revisit his other lesser known works. It is written pretty raw, one gets a sense that Hemingway would have maybe edited down some of the chapters but it is this sense of rawness that make you feel like you are peaking at Hemingway's notes and glean a deeper appreciation of the way he thought about a story.


    What does Bruce Greenwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Greenwood does great job doing the different voices. It is very well produced and delightful to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I immediately made 4 people in my life listen to it and discuss it with me. They all loved it just as much as me and couldn't believe it isn't more well known.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Hemingway.

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    Sean 12-11-15
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    "Beautifully Written, Lacking a Solid Plot"

    Bruce Greenwood delivers an amazing performance on an odd book. I struggled to finish this one, but couldn't give up on it. Every time I'd listen, I'd get drawn in by his brilliant descriptions and dialogue, and then get bored after an hour because it never seemed to go anywhere. That being said, I would still recommend it to anyone. There are several moments that invoked a deep emotional response in me, and isn't that what it's all about?

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    M Catherine Chesney 08-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Phenomenal Narrator"
    What does Bruce Greenwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Islands in the Stream is a perfectly good novel, though no one would claim that is Hemingway's best. Bruce Greenwood's performance, however, made it hands down the best book I have listened to and brought it to life in a way that made it much more enjoyable than reading the book could have been. His ability to create different accents and voices for the various characters was impressive. I am disappointed that there are no other books he has read. If there is any slim chance that he might see this: Bruce Greenwood, audiobooks are your superpower and I implore you to do more!


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    Matthew Wein 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Had it all. Completely engrossing."

    My favorite Hemingway and new favorite narrator. Super combination. Wish it was twice as long.

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    "One of the best one man performance of straight literature I have listened to."

    One of the best one man performance of straight literature I have listened to.

    He captured mood. Inflection of the children and ESL groups well.

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    Baba 06-03-15
    Baba 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A beautiful story"

    The story of an artist and father a solder and a thinker. Bruce Greenwood's performance was nothing short of brilliant. His charters were engaging and brought this story to life!

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