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The Sun Also Rises Audiobook
The Sun Also Rises
Written by: 
Ernest Hemingway
Narrated by: 
William Hurt
The Sun Also Rises Audiobook

The Sun Also Rises

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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.

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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    Gerald PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA 11-29-06
    Gerald PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA 11-29-06
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    "Bravo Papa!"

    This is possibly the best audio book I have ever listened to. William Hurt's narration is masterful bordering on dramatization but never losing touch with the classic Hemingway prose. This is one of those rare books that I did not want to end. It is altogether possible I will listen to it again simply because it was such a pleasure.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Jo Ignoffo 04-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed with narration"

    Wished I had read rather than listened. Very weak narration as compared to other audible books. Hemingway no problem.... Weak acting

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 08-28-13
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "love Hemingway, not Hurt"

    I'm sorry but William Hurt hurts this novel. He does fine with the dialogue passages which makes sense i guess as an actor, but his voice and bored rendition of the narrative passages is just plain poor. At times as he's reading it seemed that he was seeing the text for the first time, his emphasis and inflection is off all over the place.

    This is a great novel and I wish they would get the reading by Adams that Books on Tape had that I bought the cassettes of years ago. Much better reading. Adams did many of EH's novels and did them well, and though then I may have wished for variety in voices, I'd take those now.

    Nice idea to have distinctive voices for EH, but you need some more dynamic readers, not ones that sound bored by the project. Donald Sutherland is a great actor, but a terrible reader of Old Man. Get the Charlton Heston versions of Old Man and Snows if you can and Scourby's reading of Macomber is awesome, Heston and Scourby are perfection.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    College Student 10-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Utterly painful droning narration."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Insomniacs. People who unreservedly love William Hurt


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

    Giving up and turning the awful droning off.


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

    I cant stay awake through the "Hurt" I realize there are all different tastes and people prefer different narrational styles. However William Hurt to my ears is so painfully flat, droning, and lacking any real character depth in his narration as to make this book listenable. I have had this book for over 6 months and have tried to listen to is many times without success. This is very rare for me to be unable to listen to a story (especially a well written story) due to the narrator. I have narrators I prefer not to listen to (Scott Brick) however I still managed to listen through a @40 hour book (The Company) multiple times in the years it has been in my library. This book however is possibly the first time in my @15 years as an Audible subscriber I can't manage to finish to a book I purchased. Hell I doubt I have managed to stay awake through more than the first couple of hours. As for who to read this story, I would say Campbell Scott. He did a fantastic job on For Whom the Bell Tolls. For me Campbell Scott just gets the Hemingway pacing, cool and tonality.


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

    Hugely disappointed by the monotone narration. Such a waste of a good story and a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the sample very carefully, It doesn't get any better and probably gets much worse. ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Can I get a refund for this wasted credit?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry 09-14-14
    Kerry 09-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great actor, terrible reader, kills classic"
    What didn’t you like about William Hurt’s performance?

    His foreign accents are abominable. Even his performance of the main character is completely flat. Frankly, I didn't even finish listening because the accents were so distracting!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 12-20-14
    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 12-20-14 Member Since 2009

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "They are Bawdy, Bitchy; and Bewildered"

    Magnificent character study; superlative because each personality is introduced, developed and metamorphosed into a looking glass examination of human nature. Be careful before you pick up this book to read or listen to. Hemingway is not studying the joys of life; rather its drudgeries.

    There is joy in the book though. It comes from Hemingway’s ability to describe, the Running of the Bulls the antecedent and integral part of the Bull Fight, as the process is known in English. Hemmingway teaches us that the English words, Bull Fight, do not do justice to the ritual. His description is magical. His narrative may be the most famous modelling of sacramental activity in all of literature. It description becomes a second tale within the overall saga. It is the story of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honor of Saint Fermin. Just a magnificent telling. The world wide fame of the Pamplona festival, comes directly from Hemingway, in the Sun also Rises.

    To top it all off, William Hurt narrates. There could not be a more perfect depiction of Hemingway’s words, a perfect reflection of the novel’s tenor, and an opportunity to visit genius at work. Remember, though, this book does not tell you of a happy time. Right down to its final sentence it leaves one irresolute about life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Nelson 03-13-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Fun in Paris with a Finish in Spain"

    I really liked the characters and how Hemingway introduces and then holds true to their persona in the book. I liked the flow and pace of the book, I think the descriptions of Paris and the Spanish country were telling.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Toronto, ON, Canada 06-28-07
    Shannon Toronto, ON, Canada 06-28-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent narration"

    I had to read this book for a university course. First I read the novel myself and then listened to William Hurt's narration. He made the novel come alive for me and inspired me to write my essay on this novel. I especially enjoyed his characterization of Bill's dialogue. I would recommend this audio book to anyone looking for an enjoyable experience.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 02-03-10
    Garrett Castaic, CA, United States 02-03-10
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    "The best... from the best."

    What can I say about this novel that hasn't already been said by those with more critical minds and more eloquent praise. Sparsely told with characters and locales who come to life in ways most writers wish they were capable. Captures a time and a sense of being long before I existed, but never seems out dated or obsolete. From France to Spain, from the long days at the cafes to the running of the bulls, this tells the tale of post WWI with exquisite detail. That said (and I do not offer this as criticism, simply fact) -- if you are looking for a "quick paced page-turner" this may not be for you. This is meant to be taken in slowly, savoring each word.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Topeka, KS, USA 06-11-07
    Johnny Topeka, KS, USA 06-11-07
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    "What a great reading!"

    William Hurt's narration of this novel is simply amazing. His voice makes the story come to life, and his rendition of Mike (the drunken Scottsman) made me really fall in love with the story.

    Hurt's excellent French pronunciations also helps considering I have no working knowledge of how to speak romance languages. This story was great from beginning to end. An audible must have!

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daria
    budapestHungary
    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
  • Gavin Jones
    7/14/16
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    "Mr Hurt's Scottish Accent"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorrie Loo
    2/9/16
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    "What a way to ruin a good story!"
    Would you try another book written by Ernest Hemingway or narrated by William Hurt?

    I was looking forward to listening to this story, but oh, what a disappointment! I never want to listen to William Hurt reading again.


    What didn’t you like about William Hurt’s performance?

    He made it sound dull and was hopeless at the accents.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading and listening to more stories by Ernest Hemingway as long as they are NOT read by William Hurt1

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    New Ross, Ireland
    10/25/15
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    "Excellent crisp and concise"

    Wonderful book full of atmosphere and interesting characters. warning some may find Semitic references upsetting.

    0 of 0 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 Shipp
    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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