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

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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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    Shane 08-05-12
    Shane 08-05-12
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    "Classic, but the narration was dreary"
    What did you love best about The Sun Also Rises?

    The direct prose of Hemingway always leaves a clean feeling throughout the narrative. The brilliance of the scenes comes from the simple phrasing rather than through the self congratulatory word choices of so many authors. Hemingway does not write through a Thesaurus filter, as so many contemporary authors choose to do.


    Did William Hurt do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I have read the book several times throughout my life, and never felt the dreariness which pervaded Hurt's narration. I always felt more life in the book. Perhaps Hurt's characterization of the drunken despondancy of the characters is more accurate to the mindset of Hemingway, I don't know. However, I could not get past the over-riding feeling that I needed a drink myself, just to get through the chapter. I like Hurt's film career very much, with my favorite film being Children of a Lesser God, however, I did not like this narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a clean, precise example of Hemingway's work. Having taken the summer, and essentially relived the book's experience, it is gratifying to relive those places through this book once again, albeit in a more sober form. From Paris to San Sebastian to Pamplona and even ending in Madrid, the book pulls me through the memories quite well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jon EVANSTON, IL, United States 07-09-12
    Jon EVANSTON, IL, United States 07-09-12
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    "Worst voice over ever"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    William Hurt having nothing to do with this would have made the experience tolerable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    For my next book, I will make sure William Hurt isn't anywhere near the microphone.


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

    William Hurt's performance was so based in laziness that he couldn't even work up the effort to create a consistent accent for some of the characters. Whatever the opposite of tour de force is, that's what his reading is.


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

    The book itself was impossible to absorb based on Hurt's lackluster performance. I hope they didn't pay him that much money to do this.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrike Nunn USA 06-25-12
    Ulrike Nunn USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2008

    German living in LA.

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    "Writing okay, stilted narration."

    Intellectually I can process that Hemingway was a good writer yet it all seems a little dated and boring to me ...though, it might just be the stilted narration by William Hurt that I didn't care for. He seems so vain that he has to chop up and almost mispronounce things to add his touch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Valdosta, GA, United States 04-16-12
    Donna Valdosta, GA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2001
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    "seinfeldian story, but not funny"
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    I've listened to the story twice (have read it maybe a half dozen times over the years), and each time I get a bit more from it. Sometimes it is insight into the era, sometimes the characters, sometimes for its lessons on how to write. As time goes by and my perspective changes, so do the characters.


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

    The story is more a collection of character studies--to me--then about any of the particular events related. Hemingway's ability to paint a detailed setting and then overlay the character's dialogue so that the two are utterly separate yet equally interesting makes the work worth the reread. That said, I find most of his work to most remind me of the Seinfeld series: stories about nothing, and everything.


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

    Hurt's performance put me off at the start. Too staccato, I thought, and found it annoying. The various characters, though, were clearly defined by either accent or style, and I never once had to wonder who was speaking. Eventually, I accepted the staccato voice of the protagonist not as a shortcoming on Hurt's part, but rather, as the personality of the character.


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

    Just like the antisemitism in the Merchant of Venice, and the racism in TKa Mockingbird, the oft-recurring thread of Jew-hatred in this story is hard to take, and listening to it evokes a stronger reaction than just reading the words on a page.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 02-13-12

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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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    Brent 01-01-12
    Brent 01-01-12 Member Since 2013
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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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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 01-15-07
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 01-15-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Just so great"

    This is one of the best books I have ever listened to or have ever read. Each word is chiseled to perfection and true. Each word represents what the author was trying to say. I do not believe a single word could be changed without changing the direction of the story.

    The narration by Mr. Hurt was so perfect that to put words on it is to dishonor it. It cannot be surpassed.

    Benedict

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Mystic, CT 03-11-07
    Ted Mystic, CT 03-11-07
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    "Super Narration"

    William Hurt does a super job on this classic text. His reading adds perfect tone and pitch bringing out the subtlety of Hemingway's characters and images. A super listen.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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