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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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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 06-02-12
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Simple Joe

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    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    Again as in a second time or again as in for the 1st time? I'll just assume the question means for the 1st time. Listening for a second time would be incredibly boring and quite pointless, as I have already listened to it once.

    This was my first Hemmingway book and I rather liked it. The characters were real and flawed as hell, except maybe Jake who's only flaw is perhaps the company he keeps.

    The book moves along a good clip with just enough detail at the right places to make it come alive and flesh out what needs fleshing out. Like a masterpiece sculpture, you don't want too much fat (useless detail) and you want just the right portions of lean muscle and sinew (meaningful interesting detail). This book has just that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake, he's a mans man drinking, smoking, watching bull fights. Jake appears to be Hemmingway himself in many respects.


    What about William Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Everything, the man is a master.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't have a F.....ing clue.


    Any additional comments?

    This book captures the post world war I period in Europe from the point of view of some artists and ex-patriots. The slang is obviously dated and they used terms that just aren't heard anymore, but you sort of get used to it. It makes you want to go to Spain and hang out in an old bar, go to the bull fights, go fishing in a remote stream, drink wine all day and not even mind the fact there is no air conditioning.

    I think one of the key things about this book is that it doesn't try to be overly ambitious and therefore doesn't become overly heavy and boring. It's just a story about some people on a trip in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, but mostly Spain. There is jealousy, anger, fighting, drinking, fishing, impotence and for a while you don't know if maybe something real bad might happen to a few of the people or not.

    I'm giving it 5 stars, but only because I can't give it 4.5 stars. It's better than 4 out of 5 which is 80%.

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    Marshall United States 05-30-12
    Marshall United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "It's Hemmingway!!!"

    Hemmingway's style of simple, frank and truthful writing is unique and pleasant to the ear. There is just something about his work that garners the feeling of adventure and manly melancholy that lingers after you've finished listening.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    Nikkilynne

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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