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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.

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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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

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.

31 of 38 people found this review helpful

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William Hurt is a terrible narrator

Rereading this classic, would have been a complete pleasure but for William Hurt's flat performance. He did a good job with the characters' dialogue. As narrator, his odd cadence clashed with the tone of the book.

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  • Tim
  • chino, CA, United States
  • 06-03-13

bad narration

William Hurt is a quality actor but i do not enjoy his efforts as a narrator. I may have given this book 4 stars if not for the narration but i doubt it. I agree this is one of Hemingway's better efforts as an author.

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Hemingway is good Hurt is terrible

The narrator was so bad it was embarrassing. His performance was so terrible it was painful to listen to. He places emphasis on random words and syllables.

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Fun story, narration not so good

I like William Hurt as an actor, but his narration skills fall far short of others that do this sort of work. He was very dry. His interpretation of American accents is hilarious. People from the Rocky Mountains do not sound like people from the Appalachians.

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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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Terrible narration, but a great story.

The narrator is abysmal. Not enough inflection changes between characters that leaves you lost at first. The intonation makes you feel like maybe he's just really bored at times.

But it really is a great story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste your time or credits

I should have heeded The negative reviews about the narrator. I thought I could tolerate him if it was a good story. Unfortunately the story did not live up to expectations. I've added this to my 10 worst books list.

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Trying

The story was good, the narrator could have been better. Like other reviews, I thought Hunt had a droning delivery.

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Willliam Hurt is so awful he hurts

Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

Never!

What did you like best about this story?

That I could always read it again in book form.

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

For some reason narrators who perform a Hemingway story seem to feel that they have to try to speak in a strange monotone as if to mimic the author's flat writing style. The result is some awful inflection patterns and a total failure to realize characters.

Was The Sun Also Rises worth the listening time?

No, the narrator was too excruciating.

Any additional comments?

I think I've said enough!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Stop the lights
  • 06-16-17

Ok not one of his best

Enjoyable enough yarn.

I cannot say it's Hemmingway at his best but a not so memorable yarn of weathly young people in the early twentieth century in France and Spain.

The narrator is just about ok too.

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  • Mark
  • 05-10-17

Still Great

Hemingway has always delighted and offended in equal measure but whatever your view from the perspective of 2017 the man could write and this is a great book by any measure.
File under 'essential reading'.

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  • s. ilona H.
  • 04-23-17

dulll

the text itself is dull and depressing enough but the interpretation makes even more painfully so.

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  • Mari Sullivan
  • 03-09-17

Fantastic

Beautifully read by William Hurt The pacing reflected exactly Hemingway pared down and stark style . Loved the understatedneas and beautiful descriptions of France and Spain .

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  • Alison R.
  • 11-19-16

Atmospheric

Quite drole and random but atmospheric. William Hurt's delivery takes time to adjust to.

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  • S. A. J. Duffy
  • 08-02-16

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.

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  • Gavin Jones
  • 07-14-16

Mr Hurt's Scottish Accent

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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.

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  • Lorrie Loo
  • 02-09-16

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

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  • David
  • 10-25-15

Excellent crisp and concise

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

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  • Victoria
  • 11-20-12

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.