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The Sun Also Rises Audiobook

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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    Andrew Maggio 06-23-15
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    "Great Reading"

    Terrific reading of one of the great books ever written. Highly recommended- very well done.

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    Anthony Giles 06-22-15
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    "perfect narration"

    Even if you're not a huge Hemingway fan, this is worth it because of the perfect match up of reader and text. William Hurt would not be right for everything, but his reading of this is maybe the best reading of any book I have listened to, wonderful with characters' voices, excellent French and Spanish pronunciation (important in this book) and perfectly captures Jake's voice and the melancholic air of the story.

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    Joshua 06-16-15
    Joshua 06-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unconventional narration with this classic"

    William Hurt is splendid in this reading. He really dines or on the pacing.

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    Charles Anstadt 06-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic"

    My first real introduction to Hemingway. After this old man and the sea that is. Which I read in high school.I think William hurt did a good job and the story I believe is classic. Great insight into a fascinating time.

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    Chris Laughary 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Run with the Bulls"

    Visit Europe as it was for boisterous American singles in the 20's. The plot does not get in the way.

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    Samuel 03-11-15
    Samuel 03-11-15
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    "Lazy Student Perspective"

    I dislike deeply analyzing books, so naturally I was just... THRILLED... to begin reading this in English class. I found it boring and confusing. And yes, I know that I'm wrong, but I don't really care. The reader is pretty bad, though, and THE AUDIOBOOK IS NOT DIVIDED INTO (correct, single) CHAPTERS! Instead, we get it split into 7 random sections, which makes no sense. This was excruciatingly annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hill 06-10-14
    Scott Hill 06-10-14

    I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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    "Sorry, did not get it...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure. Someone who may want to waste some time.... Sorry about that, but if you like to read about a few lost souls who drink and eat and a story where really nothing happens, you may like this book. The only thing that was interesting was the description of the bull fights....


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure at this point.


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

    He did a good job with content...


    What character would you cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    All of them


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    Noah New York, New York 03-10-14
    Noah New York, New York 03-10-14
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    "Drunk lonely expats"
    If you could sum up The Sun Also Rises in three words, what would they be?

    Drunk lonely expats


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

    Oddly, the best comparison I can think of is Speed Tribes, by Karl Taro Greenfeld, since that book is also infused with the expat experience.


    What about William Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


    Any additional comments?

    Hemingway is awesome. This book is less about war and destruction and manliness than some of his others, and shows that Hemingway has range and depth.

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    Ray F Van Neste 03-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nicely read!"

    The story itself is pretty dismal as Hemingway chronicles the emptiness many of the Lost Generation found.The narration by William Hurt, though, is great! This narration really enhances the reading of the book as he captures tone and emotion. The Scottish accent (Mike) is really well done and the humorous exchanges between Bill & Mike come across especially well.

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    Ex-Patty 12-19-13
    Ex-Patty 12-19-13

    New Englander Living in Latin America

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    "So Blase"
    What disappointed you about The Sun Also Rises?

    The blasé attitude of the writer and the characters. Everything was so blasé to them that it made me feel the same way about them and the novel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Hemingway.


    How could the performance have been better?

    William was ok, but his French accent often sounded like his Russian character in Gorky Park.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was written by Hemingway and is supposed to be a classic. Other than the development of the blasé characters, there was nothing terribly interesting about the story or the writing. This was my first Hemingway and I hope it wasn't his best work. I found him tedious and hopeless.


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