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The Sun Also Rises Audiobook

The Sun Also Rises

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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.

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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    Mary 06-18-13
    Mary 06-18-13
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    "Awful reader."
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

    Yes I would read another book by Ernest Hemingway, and no, I will never buy a book read by William Hurt. He was awful. I couldn't get past ch. 1.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have one. I only got through chapter one because William Hurt was awful at the reading. He read so slow and deliberate; I couldn't stand it.


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

    I felt like he was reading to a Kindergartner. He read so slow and he enunciated too much. Even during dialogue, he didn't have any personality.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    I don't know....didn't hear much.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were another version with another reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sklar Los Angeles 06-17-13
    Karen Sklar Los Angeles 06-17-13 Member Since 2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim chino, CA, United States 06-03-13
    Tim chino, CA, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg 02-26-13
    Gregg 02-26-13
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    "Poor performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have a different reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I normally enjoy his acting but his performance of this reading was dreadful. He sounded bored and half asleep. He emphasized random words in the sentenses which made it very hard to follow.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford A. King MA United States 12-15-12
    Clifford A. King MA United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2017

    twin daddy

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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.

    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.

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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!

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    Amazon Customer 02-23-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    Sandra Frederick 02-07-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • David
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    "Excellent crisp and concise"

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

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  • Victoria
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    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.

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  • 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.

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