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 was time well spent! William Hurt did an exceptional job reading this story and was able to capture each of the characters in a unique and interesting way. I am already a Hemmingway fan, and this is essential Hemmingway. If you don't like his style, however, then you won't care for this book. Personally, I enjoy the fact that he doesn't spell everything out for his readers and allows them to actually experience his stories instead of spoon-feeding us meaning and drowning us in superfluous symbolism. His straight-forward style of writing is devoid of the wordy flourishes some writers feel necessary, but still maintains same the breadth and depth of truth and humanity as other writers of his caliber. Overall, a fantastic book and a worthy performance! Highly recommended.
The simple truth of human emotion and experience.
I have not listened to any other audiobooks by William Hurt
Some of the scenes with the bulls were difficult to get through.
Hemingway at his finest. Lovely development of relationships and the narration is just delightful. William Hurt is brilliant - dramatizing the accents and doing it so well. He really enhances the storytelling. I hated for it to be over and looked forward to listening each time!
I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.
The definitive novel of the Lost Generation. Fast, promiscuous lives in Paris, Spain. Bullfighting and infighting, told in Hemingway's trademark understated, elegant way. Simply outstanding.
William Hurt's choice of emphasis on parts of the sentence struck me as odd at first. Pauses and emphasis where you don't expect it give a feeling of awkwardness, like Macon Leary was reading this book.
As he is vocalizing Hemingway's inner voice I am not sure this is entirely out of place, but it took me a while to get used to it. Overall I really enjoyed the narration. The character voices were simply superb. Mr Hurt does a mean Scottish accent.
My favorite book
I am struggling to put my finger on it. I just simply did not like William Hurt's version of this. I WISH there was another version. I would buy it again.
My favorite book utterly ruined due to narrator's voice. I accept this as a possiblity when purchasing audiobooks and have had similar reactions to other narrators. Those in particular make me angry as they are supposedly professionals. But William Hurt is an actor. Not sure what I am saying, but I gave this 5 attempts...FIVE attempts and it was still painful.
All I can ask is: what the heck was William Hurt smoking when he narrated this masterpiece?! His overall reading of the book was misguided and annoying, but listening to him interpret the lines and conversations of the key characters was unbearable. After a while, I just sat back with some sort of horrid fascination and listened to him mangle and destroy and misrepresent Hemingway's masterpiece ... and then I pulled the plug.
Great novel - abysmal performance. For shame!
Right before I listened to this book, I listened to The Paris Wife which details Hemmingway's first wife and the era in which he wrote The Sun Also Rises. Seems he took much of the plot for The Sun Also Rises from his actual experiences although he left his wife out of this book completely.
Wiliam Hurt, the narrator capture's the machismo of the bullfighting and Hemmingway himself perfectly.
The narrator was excellent in this book. He made Hemingway truly come to life. Most of the story involved endless stretches of partying, which made it a little hard for me to stay focused, but overall this audiobook is just as good - if not better - than actually reading it. In some parts, Hemingway's short, swift, powerful brushstrokes of the European landscape, combined with the narrator's voice, simply takes your breath away.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
I would say that I enjoyed listening to this book. Hemmingway's way with words is always exceptional and it was good to read another of his famous works. However, I noticed many similarities between this and his work a moveable feast which took me out of the story a couple of times.
The stroy itself was an intersting look into real events and therefore was pretty good.
I really enjoyed the report of the fight. Hemmingway's courage to take what would be the climax for many authors and have it occur without the reader being directly involved. A courages and exciting choice.
I will defeinitely read more Hemmingway and will never go to a bull fight.
Mommy of Pookies
I listened to this and then A Paris Wife right after. Simply amazing experience for a Hemingway fan!! William Hurt is a a wonderful! If you want to experience Hemingway the right way, listen to this book! Skip the Old Man and the Sea and go for teh gusto of bull fighting!!
Excellent book, excellent story. Hemingway had me doing the dishes dreaming of Spain. Every flick of my tea-towel was imbued with the magic of the matador's cloak! Quite well read by William Hurt, but sometimes the 5 or 6 different accents get a bit much. A noble effort though, could benefit from a cast of readers to really keep your undivided attention on the characters.
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