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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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    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.

    20 of 22 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
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Ajax, ON, Canada 06-28-07
    Shannon Ajax, 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.

    11 of 13 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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    marvin tucker, GA, United States 02-02-12
    marvin tucker, GA, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of my favorite audiobooks and performances of"
    What did you love best about The Sun Also Rises?

    The scenes in chapter four...the interactions between brett and jake..jakes personal thoughts...the descriptions of life in Paris in the 20s


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love story between brett and jake...and how unique it is


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

    One of the finest performances i have ever had the pleasure. Shame he doesnt narrate more books. he gives such nuance and inflections to the thoughts and voices...things i wouldnt have done on my own just reading it. he truly adds depth to this story. a pleasure to listen to, do your self a favor and give this one a shot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when jake is alone in his apt and cant sleep and begins to cry


    Any additional comments?

    one of the absolute best audiobooks you will ever listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Mystic, CT 03-11-07
    Ted Mystic, CT 03-11-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Super Narration"

    William Hurt does a super job on this classic text. His reading adds perfect tone and pitch bringing out the subtlety of Hemingway's characters and images. A super listen.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 01-15-07
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 01-15-07
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    "Just so great"

    This is one of the best books I have ever listened to or have ever read. Each word is chiseled to perfection and true. Each word represents what the author was trying to say. I do not believe a single word could be changed without changing the direction of the story.

    The narration by Mr. Hurt was so perfect that to put words on it is to dishonor it. It cannot be surpassed.

    Benedict

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ranch Girl Colorado, USA 11-14-13
    Ranch Girl Colorado, USA 11-14-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Not my cup of tea, but Hurt's narration is great."
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

    I probably won't read more Hemingway; I didn't like him way back when I was in high school either. I would be happy to listen to William Hurt narrate anytime!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I usually love a character driven plot, but in this case I wish I had cared more about the characters. And I would like more dramatic tension. The story seemed tedious even though it wasn't that long.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and Spain, but got so tired of the characters. I also could not believe how much booze they drank every day - wow! My book group read this after we read "The Paris Wife", which we really enjoyed, but none of us thought Hemingway's book was that great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Butch SHERWOOD, AR, United States 07-20-12
    Butch SHERWOOD, AR, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance by William Hurt"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sun Also Rises to be better than the print version?

    Yes. William Hurt really brought to life the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I didn't really have a favorite I liked Cohen the least.


    Have you listened to any of William Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first experience.


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

    Parts of it really made me laugh


    1 of 1 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
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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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