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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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    RandyK 05-28-12
    RandyK 05-28-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Not great"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I never read this book when growing and after reading The Paris Wife I was intrigued to read something written by Hemingway. However, I was really dissappointed.


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

    The story dragged on and was confusing at times.


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

    William Hurt occassionally did not differentiate between the characters well and that got a little confusing but I found the most irritating part of his reading was that he seemed to end most sentences as if they were questions. He spoke all of the book that way and I found it quite annoying.


    Was The Sun Also Rises worth the listening time?

    Not a total waste of listeniing time but I'll take a break from more Hemingway for now.


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    Ben Galbraith Palo Alto, CA USA 05-25-12
    Ben Galbraith Palo Alto, CA USA 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    Without a doubt.


    What does William Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If the entire book were read aloud in William Hurt's natural voice, it would have been a very pleasant experience. But Hurt's narration is so much more. Like Jim Dale in the Harry Potter series, every character has a different style. But with Hurt, it's much more than a different pitch or tone. He brings accents to the table, be it American, British, French, Spanish, and Basque accents, along with variations when the characters are drunk.It's all quite captivating and brilliantly executed. So much more engaging than simply reading the text.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is timeless, of course, and I am not worthy to critique it. I enjoyed it, though I found myself disappointed by the actions of one of the main characters.

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    Lindsey Beaumont, TX, United States 05-05-12
    Lindsey Beaumont, TX, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    What would have made The Sun Also Rises better?

    This story is just about spoil brats who look for the meaning of life. I only listened to it because I had to for English.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Book 9 of Wheel of time


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Hurt?

    Eh he's ok I guess


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    Stephen North MElbourne, Australia 04-30-12
    Stephen North MElbourne, Australia 04-30-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Jarring notes"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend most of Hemingway to friends, although the portrait of Hemingway's Paris is more appealing in A Moveable Feast, and the post-WW I "lost generation" setting is not particularly easy to relate to today; nor is the glamour of bullfighting so well portrayed here, as relevant today.


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

    A Moveable Feast- for its descriptions of Paris in the 1920s.


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

    While William Hurt delineated the characters well, and read the dialogue in a fluid, realistic way, he ruined many of Hemingway's wonderful descriptive passages for me with some really awkward phrasing and inappropriate emphases in strange parts of sentences, really disrupting the flow of the passage. This was particularly so early on, but a persistent problem throughout the book.


    Did The Sun Also Rises inspire you to do anything?

    Apart from drinking three bottles of wine a night, arguing with my friends, or getting "a bit tight" every day, not really


    Any additional comments?

    I would be wary of buying more books narrated by William Hurt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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    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

    Mommy of Pookies

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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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    "Hemingway again but not Hurt"
    Would you try another book written by Ernest Hemingway or narrated by William 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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daria
    budapestHungary
    1/19/10
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    "Excellent Book."

    A classic novel that stay forever. Fantastic narrator. Enjoyed it very much!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    OAKHAM, United Kingdom
    11/20/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Chester, United Kingdom
    9/20/12
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    "Mmmm"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    4/12/12
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    "Kept my interest"

    Very well narrated. I think Mr Hurt captured the pace and metre of Hemingway's work very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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