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The Sun Also Rises Audiobook

The Sun Also Rises

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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.

Who's your papa? Listen to more from Ernest Hemingway.

©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)

What Members Say

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    Kathleen 01-28-15
    Kathleen 01-28-15
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    "Meh"

    Narrator seems unmotivated by the story and so was I. Not sure why this is a classic. Maybe better in text.

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    ChrisMac 04-07-14
    ChrisMac 04-07-14
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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.


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    Tom NJ, USA 01-17-14
    Tom NJ, USA 01-17-14 Member Since 2013

    sailor tech

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    "Dry reading of a story that seems stuck"
    What did you like best about The Sun Also Rises? What did you like least?

    I liked the characters and the story setting. The descriptions of bullfighting and scenery were great. Really got a feeling I was there. On the bad side, I did not know why I was there. The whole story kind of seemed aimless.


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

    No. The reading of the story was too lethargic. Made the whole story just seem listless. I much prefer the other Hemingway books. For Whom the Bell Tolls was fantastic.


    What didn’t you like about William Hurt’s performance?

    Too lethargic. Seemed like all the characters were William Hurt. Other narrators seem to do a better job making the characters more unique in the reading.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. I would like to see the scenery in a movie. Despite the light plot, Hemingway paints with his words and the beauty of the places shine through.


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    Katie Los Alamitos, California, United States 01-10-14
    Katie Los Alamitos, California, United States 01-10-14
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    "WORST preformance of an audio book! Ever!"
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

    Ernest Hemmingway - yes. William Hurt - never again.


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

    No. No. No. Such a boing performance. I've read this story 2 times and thought I'd try listening to my (once) favorite story. Almost abandoned listening to the story multiple times. No tone change in the character's voice. It was like listening to a teenager tell a story he really doesn't want to tell. Monotone and boooreing!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of Ernest Hemmingway, stick to the printed version of this book and try For Whom the Bell Tolls in audio version.

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    William KENSINGTON, NH, United States 09-27-13
    William KENSINGTON, NH, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Male, 58. Listen mainly on my 45 minute one way commute. Listen mostly to non-fiction, especially history and christian books.

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    "Narration just does not give the story a chance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have always enjoyed and respected William Hurt as a very professional actor. I feel as though he failed miserably in narrating this novel. He just does not seem to get Hemingway. He does not come close to the excellent narration Stacey Keach provides in the short stories or the narrator in For Whom the Bell Tolls.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt?

    Stacey Keach


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    Mary 06-18-13
    Mary 06-18-13
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    "Awful reader."
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

    Yes I would read another book by Ernest Hemingway, and no, I will never buy a book read by William Hurt. He was awful. I couldn't get past ch. 1.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have one. I only got through chapter one because William Hurt was awful at the reading. He read so slow and deliberate; I couldn't stand it.


    What didn’t you like about William Hurt’s performance?

    I felt like he was reading to a Kindergartner. He read so slow and he enunciated too much. Even during dialogue, he didn't have any personality.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    I don't know....didn't hear much.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were another version with another reader.

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    Karen Sklar Los Angeles 06-17-13
    Karen Sklar Los Angeles 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "William Hurt is a terrible narrator"

    Rereading this classic, would have been a complete pleasure but for William Hurt's flat performance. He did a good job with the characters' dialogue. As narrator, his odd cadence clashed with the tone of the book.

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    Tim chino, CA, United States 06-03-13
    Tim chino, CA, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "bad narration"

    William Hurt is a quality actor but i do not enjoy his efforts as a narrator. I may have given this book 4 stars if not for the narration but i doubt it. I agree this is one of Hemingway's better efforts as an author.

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    Gregg 02-26-13
    Gregg 02-26-13
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    "Poor performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have a different reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I normally enjoy his acting but his performance of this reading was dreadful. He sounded bored and half asleep. He emphasized random words in the sentenses which made it very hard to follow.


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    Clifford A. King MA United States 12-15-12
    Clifford A. King MA United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2014

    twin daddy

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    "Fun story, narration not so good"

    I like William Hurt as an actor, but his narration skills fall far short of others that do this sort of work. He was very dry. His interpretation of American accents is hilarious. People from the Rocky Mountains do not sound like people from the Appalachians.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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