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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"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)
This is the first instance of Hemingway's writing I've listened to, and I really enjoyed his simple and direct writing style. It's not easy to portray the empty and searching feeling of ennui that is so common among all people without having characters that come off as spoiled or pretentious, but this book manages it. While it's hard to say how my experience with this book is lacking in that my generation is not anchored by the common experience of war, I still found myself identifying with many of the characters. A fantastic, understated listen.
I have well over 200 audible books and this has to be in a race with "Catch 22" for the worst all around book! Both story and narration are equally horrific. There is not one character in this book that you ever care anything about and at no time is there anytime in the story where you can't wait to see what happens next?!
How can books like this be considered old masterpieces? Is it the George Lucas effect were we all say "well he created the genre so it has to be good" why do we always do this over and over with everything? But if you read the other reviews there are people that hail this as a masterpiece? Who are these people?
If you really must read this book I implore you to hit the preview button first, because that droning sound is what you are going to get for hours on end...
Ps. If you work for the CIA and want people to talk, you don't need to waterboard people just play this book for them. I guarantee after an hour they will tell you anything.
Always wanted to read this, glad I have. I like Ernest's writing style and the bullfighting in the last third of the book was great to! Really want me to go see it (much to the horror of those poor animals)
The narrator did a great job with the male voices but the female voices were about awful it was sometimes hard to understand who was who as the narrators deep voice confused things.
I believe this is a book worth your time!
This is difficult to listen to without slipping into a deep coma. Hurt's monotone delivery takes away from the enjoyment of a great story.
William Hurt's narration really brought this book to life for me. His voice is perfect for Hemingway's blunt, direct, wry style, and he's doing a great job switching smoothly between the various characters and their accents, from American to Scotch to British. Not to mention that he knows how to pronounce French and Spanish words correctly!
I haven't been a big Hemingway fan in the past, but I enjoyed this audiobook immensely.
This is a great story. Unfortunately I had a lot of technical glitches during the listening. Many times it would go silent and skip ahead. Very annoying. Otherwise good experience.
Hemingway's insightful character study of post World War I supposed care-free, heavy drinking vactioners in Europe exposes just how vapid their high-society lives actually are. Masterfully read by William Hurt, accents and all, the reading puts you amid the action, as well as insight into Hemingway's often flawed characters.
"Hemingway again but not Hurt"
This was my first encounter with Hemingway, and threatened to be my last. If I had been listening to an author without such a pedigree, and therfore couldn't go online and be reminded by all and sundry that this is a defining novel, I suspect I would have walked away. This is undoubtedly partly my own fault - I came at the novel cold, without any reading about the context or themes, which at the distance of years would have been extremely useful. However, I believe much of the problem was the narration, which frequently irritated enough to distract concentration from the story. I'm a Scot, so Mike was a bad start - a cartoon character, sounding like a drunken Shrek. The other Brits had accents equally comic-book ridiculous, Brett's variable and often grating American take on Brit upper class just about killing her characterisation. Add in some Fawlty Towers Spaniards and only the Americans sound in any way true. In addition the narrator seems to eschew any flowing sentence structure, pausing where (I presume?) there is no punctuation in the novel, and sometimes grinding almost to a halt before jolting off. Again, perhaps my lack of familiarity with Hemingway is to blame, and he is supposed to be read in the form of heroic poetry, but I found it another layer of distraction.
Having read a number of online notes about the book since listening, I would certainly revisit it, as clearly I missed much of what makes this novel stand out. However, that will be a different narrator or a hard copy. Meanwhile I will buy another Hemingway on Audible, and watch Shrek again, where a stereotyped Scottish accent can be appropriately enjoyed.
A classic novel that stay forever. Fantastic narrator. Enjoyed it very much!
"Mr Hurt's Scottish Accent"
Mr Hurt's Scottish accent really has to be heard to be believed. It is truly a thing of wonder. I'm sure I detected, Scotland, Ireland (North and South), Liverpool and, bizarrely, at one stage Somerset. As the Scottish character is really rather important this, as other people have said, tended to spoil the whole experience. A shame because the story is great.
"What a way to ruin a good story!"
I was looking forward to listening to this story, but oh, what a disappointment! I never want to listen to William Hurt reading again.
He made it sound dull and was hopeless at the accents.
I was intrigued by the story. What sad empty lives all the characters led. So much drinking and smoking and falling in and out of love. I much enjoyed the bullfighting in Pamploma.
I look forward to reading and listening to more stories by Ernest Hemingway as long as they are NOT read by William Hurt1
"Excellent crisp and concise"
Wonderful book full of atmosphere and interesting characters. warning some may find Semitic references upsetting.
"Hemingway is good... this version is not!"
Hemingway is great. This is a good book, but the accents put on by the narrator ruined it. The Scottish sounded welsh, or occasionally it sounded like a parody of Scottish, the Spanish was very questionable, and the narrator sometimes seemed to forget who had what accent- so Brett often sounded American, and then to compensate she sounded ridiculously English in the next breath!
I wouldn't mind too much if this audiobook had cost 99p, but for the price it was very badly done! And it's hard to ruin Hemingway.
Hard to destroy Hemingway, and Hurt doesn't but his scottish accent for Mike is embarassing - it could be Welsh sometimes - and Brett he misses altogether but there is always a pleasure in hearing a Hemingway aloud.
"Kept my interest"
Very well narrated. I think Mr Hurt captured the pace and metre of Hemingway's work very well.
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