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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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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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    N. L. Yeates San Diego, CA 04-28-12
    N. L. Yeates San Diego, CA 04-28-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Well worth it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sun Also Rises the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simple truth of human emotion and experience.


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

    I have not listened to any other audiobooks by William Hurt


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Some of the scenes with the bulls were difficult to get through.


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    beth CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States 04-25-12
    beth CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful storytelling and narration!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sun Also Rises to be better than the print version?

    Equally inspired!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Gary 04-25-12
    Gary 04-25-12 Member Since 2010

    I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.

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    "Superb story, well read"

    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.

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    Dan Leone 04-21-12
    Dan Leone 04-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorite books...ruined by narrator"
    If you could sum up The Sun Also Rises in three words, what would they be?

    My favorite book


    How did the narrator detract from the 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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Surly Girly 04-13-12
    Surly Girly 04-13-12
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    "Great Novel ... Grating Performance"

    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!

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    Jennifer Morrison, CO, United States 03-19-12
    Jennifer Morrison, CO, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Classic"

    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.

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    Mina Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States 02-06-12
    Mina Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States 02-06-12
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    "Amazing narration"

    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.

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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 12-31-11
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2014

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The stroy itself was an intersting look into real events and therefore was pretty good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did The Sun Also Rises inspire you to do anything?

    I will defeinitely read more Hemmingway and will never go to a bull fight.


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    Julie Macomb, MI, United States 06-07-11
    Julie Macomb, MI, United States 06-07-11

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    "Amazing, Wonderful!!"

    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!!

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    Mr Ascot Vale, Australia 09-07-10
    Mr Ascot Vale, Australia 09-07-10
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    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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