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Islands in the Stream Audiobook

Islands in the Stream

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Publisher's Summary

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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    "Like listening to an old friend."

    I think I first read this story 45 years ago. I loved it then and listening to it now was like listening to an old friend tell the story again. It was as good now as it was when I was in high school. The narrated was excellent!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 08-20-06
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 08-20-06 Member Since 2014
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    "If you love Hemmingway, well then."

    In some places the story was a little distorted, broken, and slightly obscure, but all and all this is an absolutely endearing listening experience. I say absolutely endearing because no matter where you pick up in the story you can feel the tradgedy and loving intoxication of Hemmingway's writing. You can imagine yourself in the Bahama's during the depresion or in Cuba during WW2. No other author can quite give the expericence that any Hemmingway book delivers so ominously, and all of this despite the discontinuity. I would recommend this to anyone, but if you even remotely like Ernest Hemmingway then check this one out.

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    Karen Palm City, FL, United States 12-16-11
    Karen Palm City, FL, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Probably not published for a reason"

    I read this because, one, I love Hemingway and, two, I was very interested in reading what the Bahamas and Cuba was like in his day. But here's the deal: this book is not good. And I'm not being rude, Hemingway wrote hundreds of short stories that were never published and nobody can be great all the time. Here's what happened: The work was written originally as a short story trilogy, however, the third part was published on its own as "The Old Man of the Sea" - which is outstanding. After Hemingway's death, his wife and editor found another unpublished short story known as "The Chase" and decided it would be a great replacement third chapter to the trilogy since it involved the same character involved in the first two. That became "Islands in the Stream" - three short stories about the same guy in different stages of life. It's a good idea, except for the fact that the stories are not very good on their own.

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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 10-22-07
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 10-22-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book"

    I went in thing the book would be good but it was great, especially the second half. I thought the chase was excellently written and as a WWII buff very believable. I felt like I was in the book. Don't miss it.

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    Pamela 08-27-17
    Pamela 08-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Liked the Story -- Liked the Narrator"
    If you could sum up Islands in the Stream in three words, what would they be?

    Setting & description of it. Characters & Dialog. Plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Islands in the Stream?

    When Tom Hudson realized that he had made mistakes. Even his thorough knowledge of the situation and the place, and an experienced crew, did not guarantee his success.


    What about Bruce Greenwood’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Greenwood read with passion and expression suitable to the story line. He handled the various accents and the various voices Very Well. One of the best audible readers that I have heard yet.


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

    It made me reflect on human response to life in wartime.


    Any additional comments?

    The best of Hemingway's novels.

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    Neill G. Clenaghan 07-26-17
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    "Bruce Greenwood's performance"

    Mr. Greenwood's performance was excellent. Audible should see if they can get him to read other books.

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    CJFLA 07-25-17
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    "Great Book and a Great Narration"
    What did you love best about Islands in the Stream?

    This is a wonderful book and Bruce Greenwood's narration is just outstanding. The writing and the reading are just the best of the best.


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    Mark Lux 07-11-17
    Mark Lux 07-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A very good read"

    I very much enjoyed the reading of this book. The characters were so well differentiated in such a difficult writing style that it was nothing less than impressive to the listener. Classic Hemingway but with a bit more colorful language. Worth the time.

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    Vdubya Edmonto, Alberta, Canada 03-29-17
    Vdubya Edmonto, Alberta, Canada 03-29-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Not as Expected from Hemingway"

    The reader was great, but the story seemed disjointed, like a bunch of short stories glued together to make a book. I have really enjoyed all other Hemingway books, but thought this story pretty weak. I wonder when in his career this was written?

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    Anthony 03-13-17
    Anthony 03-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An American Work of Art"

    This is one of his best books in my opinion. The writing is so detailed and he explores the inner beings of each character.

    I recently saw the movie with George C Scott. Although it was amazing in its own right it could not compare to the writings of this book.

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