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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"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)
The storyline is a little poor. Characters shallow, except the narrator. One would expect more from Hemingway. Reading was excellent & made the book very pleasurable.
The performance was very good, especially the dialogue. The story kept me interested but I sometimes felt like not much had transpired. It's a story about a generation of people who are lost in the world and damaged by the war in one way or another. The writing is great but I kept waiting for something to 'happen'.
Hemingway dialogue is brilliant but it needs a quality actor to pull off nuance and meaning and William Hurt does. And it was good. "Absynthe, waiter."
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.
"Hemingway again but not 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.
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.
A classic novel that stay forever. Fantastic narrator. Enjoyed it very much!
"The worst ever ..."
Scottish accent ever and French and English. Makes Hemingway sound like an idiot. William Hurt, if you exist, give up. Complete crap like most Audible.
"Mr Hurt's Scottish Accent"
Mr Hurt's Scottish accent really has to be heard to be believed. It is truly a thing of wonder. I'm sure I detected, Scotland, Ireland (North and South), Liverpool and, bizarrely, at one stage Somerset. As the Scottish character is really rather important this, as other people have said, tended to spoil the whole experience. A shame because the story is great.
"What a way to ruin a good story!"
I was looking forward to listening to this story, but oh, what a disappointment! I never want to listen to William Hurt reading again.
He made it sound dull and was hopeless at the accents.
I was intrigued by the story. What sad empty lives all the characters led. So much drinking and smoking and falling in and out of love. I much enjoyed the bullfighting in Pamploma.
I look forward to reading and listening to more stories by Ernest Hemingway as long as they are NOT read by William Hurt1
"Excellent crisp and concise"
Wonderful book full of atmosphere and interesting characters. warning some may find Semitic references upsetting.
"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.
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.
"Kept my interest"
Very well narrated. I think Mr Hurt captured the pace and metre of Hemingway's work very well.
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