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First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer, a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the 20th century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century.

As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.

©1970 Mary Hemingway; ©1970 Charles Scribner's Sons. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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Hemingway was a Genius

This work is really three books in one, dealing with different phases in the main proponents life. Hemingway takes us effortlessly into this world where manliness is the most important characteristic of any of the participants. The writing is outstanding. There are passages which appear to deal with elements of Hemingways own life. I constantly felt that every word that was needed had been used but that not one of them was spare. Every Hemingway title that I listen to leaves me more in awe of the man's abilities and this is one of the strongest so far. If you have any regard for the english language at any level you owe it to yourself to listen to this.

The narration is excellent. Clear, crisp with enough characterisation to aid with discriminating the parts without veering into caricature.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Best presentation of any audiobook ever.

Bruce Greenwood's reading of this classic Hemingway novel is incredible. I have been listening audio-books for nearly twenty years and this is the best audio presentation I've ever heard. Greenwood's acting talent definitely pays off.

As for the book, its Hemingway, of course its good. I highly recommend listening to this one.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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NOT Hemingways best

The cadence, the style, the detail is Hemingway but alas something is missing from this cake and it fails to rise. I imagine that Hemingway wrote some of this to blow off steam or something. You just get the feeling that something is missing, or something isn't quite right.

The book isn't really a novel either. It's more like two weeks in this guys life followed by twenty years of nothing and then a lengthy discussion about a cat that some old guy has and finally I realize that it is the same man. At that point I quit the book which is something I rarely do, but cats? I can live without that torture.

Only the most ardent fans will find this worthwhile, and then not for it's quality but for its curiosity.

To be perfectly blunt, this is a turd.

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Good Read

First time to read Hemingway. most enjoyable. If you get a chance you must visit his home in Key West. Having been there you so much more enjoyable his books.

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Beautifully Written, Lacking a Solid Plot

Bruce Greenwood delivers an amazing performance on an odd book. I struggled to finish this one, but couldn't give up on it. Every time I'd listen, I'd get drawn in by his brilliant descriptions and dialogue, and then get bored after an hour because it never seemed to go anywhere. That being said, I would still recommend it to anyone. There are several moments that invoked a deep emotional response in me, and isn't that what it's all about?

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Had it all. Completely engrossing.

My favorite Hemingway and new favorite narrator. Super combination. Wish it was twice as long.

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One of the best one man performance of straight literature I have listened to.

One of the best one man performance of straight literature I have listened to.

He captured mood. Inflection of the children and ESL groups well.

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unexpected

After listening to the first story in this 2 part book, I was ready to delete it. The second story was classic Hemingway. Great action, great story - An artist hunting down a german sub crew in the carribean. I am going to listen to it again. I never did that before.

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good sense of Cuba

I spend some time in Cuba and this book does a good job of capturing what I have seen. I think Hemingway can be very good or very bad and this falls in the middle.

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Bruce Greenwood's Narration was Amazing!

What did you love best about Islands in the Stream?

I am so amazed how Bruce Greenwood could change his characterizations and accents for each of the so many characters and so seamlessly. I agree with one reader that I have never heard a narrator do such a wonderful reading! The performance is the best part of this book.<br/><br/>The book is good, but quite sad. I liked the first parts best, but found the WWII section rather drawn out. Overall, if you like Hemmingway, you will like this.

What about Bruce Greenwood’s performance did you like?

Everything!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mercadier
  • 04-07-13

Paradise.

This audiobook was very long and all through it I felt I was getting real value for my money. I love it when an excellent book is so look and when it provides so many memorable moments and this book gave me both.

There were moments that made me laugh and I laughed again when I thought about them later on and there were moments when I was taken aback by the sheer impact of shock and tragedy. A remarkable book. Don't die without hearing it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • grant
  • 02-02-16

Great

A really great performance of a great book, I really enjoyed this audio book, highly recommended for

1 of 1 people found this review helpful