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The Sun Also Rises Audiobook

The Sun Also Rises

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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.

Who's your papa? Listen to more from Ernest Hemingway.

©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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    Rory J Kinnear Valencia, CA United States 05-26-16
    Rory J Kinnear Valencia, CA United States 05-26-16
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    "A classic but depressing book with great acting"

    Narrator was top notch, William hurt does one of the best audio books I have ever heard. Story was meh, pages and pages of people drinking vast quantities (and huge variety) of booze and then going to a different cafe to have another repetitive argument. Well written, but not a story I had much attachment too.

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    Justin 05-21-16
    Justin 05-21-16
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    "loved the different voices"

    loved the different voices. it made it Mitch easier to follow the story, highly recommend.

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    Ryan Hamlett 05-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator ruins a classic"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Any other narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's pacing. The characters. Everything.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt?

    Anyone else capable of speech.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    In this version? All of it. The narrator has committed an unspeakable act of violence to this text.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audiobook that I have had to stop reading because of a narrator. I'm not too picky and can stand sub-par narration. But this was a horror show. This is my favourite book. I have read it countless times. I was excited to hear the audiobook for the first time. Oh boy, was I was let down. I couldn't keep going after only fifteeen minutes. It hurt my soul to hear this book read so blandly with wild, careless inflections. It was read as if for the first time and like every other sentence surprised the speaker. There are some other reviews which detail the poor narration better than I and anyone reading this should check them out too.

    I hastily got a refund only to find there are no other versions on audible and I couldn't leave a review without owning it. So I respent the credit and I will prbably keep the book. I may even listen to it again at some point but I will not enjoy it.

    It is a travesty that so many others have left such good reviews. The score for this audiobook should be much lower. It is also a shame that the audiobook will probably sell so well merely because it is the only version on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bob igoe 04-24-16
    bob igoe 04-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a classic love tale that breaks my heart"

    a classic love tale that breaks my heart every time great performance I highly recommend

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    Insideoverneath 04-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Hemingway's best"

    Performance was excellent. Just not a fan of the story. This is not Hemingway's best.

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    Steven Taylor 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "over rated poor performance inconsistent"

    expected more from the narration
    expected more from hemingway
    drunks are not alluring
    and the rich are not really any fun

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    Derick L. Arlington, VA 04-14-16
    Derick L. Arlington, VA 04-14-16
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    "I love the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is pleasant like a warmly lit room, good friends, and a stiff drink.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacob, he's the main character and he's just unlikable enough to love.


    Which character – as performed by William Hurt – was your favorite?

    Bret, definitely surprised me how convincing he was


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator makes this book. I get bored of straight reading so his cadence lends a different experience that can't be found by anyone just spouting out the words

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    Garrett Ammesmaki 04-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "amazing story, okay narration"

    amazing novel, but the narrator's inflections made it seem like he was reading the story for the first time. it was staggered and strange, but i like his voice and i guess in a way he did capture the rhythm of hemingway, but he could have done better.

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    S. 03-31-16
    S. 03-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderfully Minimal"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Sandoval Ca. 03-17-16
    James Sandoval Ca. 03-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "No need to waterboard people anymore..."

    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.

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