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The Sun Also Rises | [Ernest Hemingway]

The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.
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Publisher's Summary

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley.

Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

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©1926 Charles Scribner's Sons. Copyright renewed ©1954 Ernest Hemingway. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2007

"An absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heart-breaking narrative....It is a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard athletic prose...magnificent." (The New York Times)

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    Julia Glastonbury, CT, United States 03-31-12
    Julia Glastonbury, CT, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant! Loved it!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Also Rises?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. I was quite sad as I realized we were nearing the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 02-13-12
    Amazon Customer Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 02-13-12 Member Since 2009

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    "My first Hemmingway listen"
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Sun Also Rises to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this to others as the story was informative about various subjects and lifestyles of a bygone era.


    Which character ??? as performed by William Hurt ??? was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite, but the Scottish accent Hurt did for Mike was great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book did not have me on the edge of my seat, so I stopped and started as time allowed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leo Evergreen Park, IL, United States 01-24-12
    Leo Evergreen Park, IL, United States 01-24-12
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    What did you love best about The Sun Also Rises?

    A chance to hear a famous author's work


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill


    What about William Hurt’s performance did you like?

    ability to handle all of the town names


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Januarius Plano, TX 01-11-12
    Januarius Plano, TX 01-11-12
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    "Best Audio Book Yet"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey HAMDEN, CT, United States 01-09-12
    Jeffrey HAMDEN, CT, United States 01-09-12
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    "Hurt's reading adds a new dimension to the novel."
    What did you love best about The Sun Also Rises?

    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


    What other book might you compare The Sun Also Rises to and why?

    Any aficionado of the American novel should contrast this one with The Great Gatsby and one of the early Faulkner novels, e.g., Sanctuary.


    Have you listened to any of William Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no -- just his movie and stage work. He is a good actor.


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

    no extreme reactions


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Fayetteville, AR, United States 01-01-12
    Brent Fayetteville, AR, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My first Hemingway. Won't be my last."
    If you could sum up The Sun Also Rises in three words, what would they be?

    ITs a classic and now going to Pamplona is on my bucket list.


    Any additional comments?

    William Hurt was phenomenal. I can't imagine anyone else reading it better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 02-03-10
    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 02-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The best... from the best."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nina Birmingham AL United States 07-28-09
    nina Birmingham AL United States 07-28-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Wonderful listen, great narrator"

    William Hurt was the PERFECT choice for narrating this old but still incredibly well written book. Enjoyed his reading of it very much.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hill 06-10-14
    Scott Hill 06-10-14 Member Since 2014

    I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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    "Sorry, did not get it...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure. Someone who may want to waste some time.... Sorry about that, but if you like to read about a few lost souls who drink and eat and a story where really nothing happens, you may like this book. The only thing that was interesting was the description of the bull fights....


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure at this point.


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

    He did a good job with content...


    What character would you cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    All of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RevMthr87 04-07-14
    RevMthr87 04-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story badly read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sun Also Rises to be better than the print version?

    William Hurt's bizarre phrasing of the narrative portions was a Major distraction. His rendering of Spanish and French accents was very good, but Bret's English accent was truly bizarre.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Also Rises?

    The bullfights, beautifully, graphically, tragically described mirrored the encounters of the main characters, always coming closer to each other, to love or to fight, and then backing away, a tangled dance like that of matador and bull, dodging, feinting, charging and ending, not in death, but still with a sense of tragedy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Hurt’s performances?

    No. Not ever.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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