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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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    Amy 04-28-15
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    "Best narration + story combo"

    This audio exceeded my expectations by 100. William Hurt is spot-on and amazing. He is the perfect accompaniment to a wonderful story.

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    R. Smith MN United States 03-09-15
    R. Smith MN United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I tried to like the story."
    What disappointed you about The Sun Also Rises?

    A very tedious story. The subject of the lost generation after World War One seemed like a springboard for adventure and new beginnings, but it really wasn't in this book. It was very mundane, repetitive, and dull. There was no conflict or adventure or even anything to pique my curiosity. I tried to like it, but just could not.


    Has The Sun Also Rises turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What about William Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Superb. Very expressive voice and presentation. He did a GREAT! job. His timing and pronunciation really does justice to the characters and the situations.


    What character would you cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    I was completely indifferent to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is certainly the last Hemingway book I read or listen to. I've read a few others and did not like any of them either.

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    Chrissie Brussels, Belgium 10-18-13
    Chrissie Brussels, Belgium 10-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "My Favorite Hemingway"

    On completion, all I will add to that written below is that I adored the ending. This IS my favorite book by Hemingway. Hemingway has illuminated friendship and love in a beautiful and also honest manner. Note, this is a love story, a wonderful love story that rings true. Nothing false here. If other authors could write love stories like this, romance would be my favorite genre.

    Although fiction, the book is in fact written about real people and real events, and it has an autobiographical basis. Check out Wiki when you have completed the book; no peaking before! I found Jake very attractive. I will include just one quote from Wiki: "In the novel, Hemingway presents his notion that the "Lost Generation", considered to have been decadent, dissolute and irretrievably damaged by World War I, was resilient and strong." When you finish the book you have glimpsed French and Spanish life in the 20s. You feel you have yourself vacationed in both France and Spain. Need a vacation? Read this book. I absolutely loved it.

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    I am nearing the end, and I am absolutely loving this. Yes, even the bullfighting fiesta. It goes on for seven days - rockets and dancing and music and crowds. And yes of course drinking. To remove that would be absurd! Me,I am the one to faint in a crowd and have done so at a 4th of July parade, so this fiesta should not be my kind of thing, but here, in this book, you see why it is so loved by the Spanish people. You, the reader, are part of their festivities and understand and f-e-e-l their excitement. Back away two steps and your inhibitions rise up, but while reading Hemingway's lines you are there in the middle, and it is glorious and frightful all rolled together. Hemingway shows the horrors of it too, so the reader gets a rounded view. Not all Spaniards love bullfighting, even back then in the twenties.

    And a word about how antisemitism is portrayed. Yes, one of the characters is a Jew, and yes he is disliked, but really it is not for his religious beliefs. It has nothing to do with that. This book is about friends and all the currents that lie underneath a friendship - jealously, competition, disgust, petty annoyances, sharing, camaraderie and caring. Be honest, friendship is NOT so simple. Much of the antisemitism is pure bluster.


    William Hurt does a marvelous job with the narration, but it is not perfect. Tut, tut, tut, what do you mean, William? Shame on you! Not every line is perfect! (For clarity - I AM being sarcastic.) The French and American voices are perfect. I mean perfect! Dialogs between different friends succeed in that you know exactly who is speaking. Even if a female voice or the Scottish and German dialects could be improved, you still easily know who is who! And the pacing and strength of the lines describing scenery, the mountains, the fields, the color of the sky are wonderful too. Perfect narration? No. Good? Yes! And this book is not easy to narrate.


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    I have just begun, but I am sucking up the atmosphere of Paris in the 20s. All are plastered - that is, some Americans and French and Italians and Greeks. I am listening to a narration by the w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l William Hurt. There is no way I could imagine the lines spoken with all these different accents as well as Hurt narrates them. Sooo perfect, particularly the French and American, the others accents give an amusing contrast! The mood of that time and place, Paris and expatriates and booze and bars, 1924, is delightfully portrayed. I don't mind the macho lines at all. They make me laugh and giggle. Sooooooo Hemingway!!!! Good stuff.

    And I am not a boozer, but this I enjoy. You can live vicariously through books ...... without yourself having a hangover the next day!

    Please let my enjoyment continue.

    I know this book contains misogyny, homophobia, and some antisemitism too, but a good author can handle difficult themes well. Oh yeah, yucky bullfighting too. We will see how I feel at the end.

    I think this will be my favorite book by Hemingway!

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    bob LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States 07-23-13
    bob LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you listen to The Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    I guess you had to be there, but I don't understand all the hoopla about Hemingway. Found the book rather boring - like Lady Brett - bored. Some say this is his best novel, but I don't see it. Not sure I liked Hurt as narrator - although he sounded bored like Jake and all the others.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ernest Hemingway? Why or why not?

    Yes, hope I see the fascination.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, slow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No!


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    French Quarter 07-09-13
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    "Classic Hemingway. Bad narrator."
    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    William Hurt is awful. He's asleep and puts me to sleep. He sounds a little creepy, whiney, bored, and is just not a good or exciting reader.


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    Majd VANCOUVER, WA, United States 06-20-13
    Majd VANCOUVER, WA, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What is the point?!"

    Though I enjoyed the performance, I still don't understand what Hemingway wanted to convey in this novel other than that the main characters are a lost generation in Europe. This you can gather from the first quote in the novel and you don't need to listen to the whole thing. It really felt to me that Hemingway is showing off his knowledge of various places in Europe without any substance. But who am I to critique Hemingway :)

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    D. C. Coleman Royersford, PA 05-30-12
    D. C. Coleman Royersford, PA 05-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book! Great Narrator!"
    If you could sum up The Sun Also Rises in three words, what would they be?

    A fun ride!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Also Rises?

    The first interaction between Pedro Romero and Jake.


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

    The accents, I couldn't imagine just reading the book!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just entertained throughout.


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    Ruth Kellener-Fehte 02-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing."
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

    No, for William Hurt. While I am a big fan of William hurt as a fine actor, his voice had a definite drone without much inflection which made the listen very boring.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Hemingway???s story?

    While I enjoyed


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hurt seemed bored himself.


    What character would you cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    Cohen


    Any additional comments?

    I will never read another book narrated by William Hurt.

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    Jonathan United States 02-06-12
    Jonathan United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Hemingway, but not this one."
    What disappointed you about The Sun Also Rises?

    It was apathetic ... a humdrum waste of my time. I cant feel for these characters, they are privileged enough to bum around Paris and Spain like hamsters in a wheel; going nowhere, doing nothing, not even having meaningful conversation. It's like listening to a bunch of your go-nowhere college buddies talk about everyday life. Boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Hemingway again?

    Absolutely.


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

    Stacy Keach, hands-down. He is the best I have heard yet and I have listened to more audiobooks this year than most people will listen to in their entire lives. Not to be conceited but to make the point. Stacy is awesome, especially with Hemingway. He ACTS out the roles, instead of merely reading the words.

    This guy, William Hurt, is the worst yet. He even reads like he is bored, adding an additional dimension of apathy to the story that didn't need to be there. Hemingway can write about normalcy in a way that lets you see the beauty. This guy killed even that.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.

    I had just finished For Whom the Bell Tolls, and was very pleased. The book was lauded as one of his best works, so I gave it a go. I think this book got caught up in the


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time or money on this one. Go get The Nick Adams Stories or his other short stories first. They are so poetic and ... honest is the best way I can explain how he writes. No fluff, no waste, each word is a well chosen arrow that pierces straight to the point, unmistakably.

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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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    "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.

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  • Daria
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    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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