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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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    Jiana R 01-15-17
    Jiana R 01-15-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    threedeahs 01-06-17
    threedeahs 01-06-17
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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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    Joseph 12-31-16
    Joseph 12-31-16
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    "Good Book, Boring Read"

    I seriously had to listen to most of it on YouTube because Hurt is so boring. He reads too slow and can put you to sleep. I may have enjoyed the book more if someone else read it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Leavell Belleville, IL USA 10-28-16
    M. Leavell Belleville, IL USA 10-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor narration detracts from reading Hemingway"

    This is arguably Hemingway's greatest work, but the narration is painful. (Not as bad as Deaver Brown's narration of The Monster, by Stephen Crane, but almost.) Celebrity narrations are not required to be bad. John Slattery is brilliant in his narration of A Farewell to Arms. Campbell Scott (For Whom the Bell Tolls), and Jake Gyllenhall (The Great Gatsby) are both quite good. William Hurt succeeds, with this narration, at diminishing a 20th century masterpiece.

    It should be a source of embarrassment to audible.com that this is the only narration avaialbe (probably due to the stranglehold that Simon & Schuster still have over Hemingway's work, but just a guess.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Hamlett 05-19-16
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    "Narrator ruins a classic"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Any other narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's pacing. The characters. Everything.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt?

    Anyone else capable of speech.


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

    In this version? All of it. The narrator has committed an unspeakable act of violence to this text.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audiobook that I have had to stop reading because of a narrator. I'm not too picky and can stand sub-par narration. But this was a horror show. This is my favourite book. I have read it countless times. I was excited to hear the audiobook for the first time. Oh boy, was I was let down. I couldn't keep going after only fifteeen minutes. It hurt my soul to hear this book read so blandly with wild, careless inflections. It was read as if for the first time and like every other sentence surprised the speaker. There are some other reviews which detail the poor narration better than I and anyone reading this should check them out too.

    I hastily got a refund only to find there are no other versions on audible and I couldn't leave a review without owning it. So I respent the credit and I will prbably keep the book. I may even listen to it again at some point but I will not enjoy it.

    It is a travesty that so many others have left such good reviews. The score for this audiobook should be much lower. It is also a shame that the audiobook will probably sell so well merely because it is the only version on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Taylor 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "over rated poor performance inconsistent"

    expected more from the narration
    expected more from hemingway
    drunks are not alluring
    and the rich are not really any fun

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    Paul 11-26-15
    Paul 11-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hurt Hurts"

    William Hurt's reading is insulting to the ear. He ruins the listening experience of a masterpiece book. I recommend the novel, but not this particular audiobook.

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    mimthedwarf 11-17-15
    mimthedwarf 11-17-15
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    "Unlistenable"

    A great Hemingway narrative killed by William Hurt's droll, bored, dazed speech and his bizarre caricatures of European accents. Been trying to finish this one for months and I just can't do it. been through 3 other audiobooks and a few ebooks in the same time. What a waste.

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    bs 08-07-15
    bs 08-07-15
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    "Try another narrator"

    horrible narration. this actor really ruined the story. I was unable to finish a favorite author.

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    Shane 08-05-12
    Shane 08-05-12
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    "Classic, but the narration was dreary"
    What did you love best about The Sun Also Rises?

    The direct prose of Hemingway always leaves a clean feeling throughout the narrative. The brilliance of the scenes comes from the simple phrasing rather than through the self congratulatory word choices of so many authors. Hemingway does not write through a Thesaurus filter, as so many contemporary authors choose to do.


    Did William Hurt do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I have read the book several times throughout my life, and never felt the dreariness which pervaded Hurt's narration. I always felt more life in the book. Perhaps Hurt's characterization of the drunken despondancy of the characters is more accurate to the mindset of Hemingway, I don't know. However, I could not get past the over-riding feeling that I needed a drink myself, just to get through the chapter. I like Hurt's film career very much, with my favorite film being Children of a Lesser God, however, I did not like this narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a clean, precise example of Hemingway's work. Having taken the summer, and essentially relived the book's experience, it is gratifying to relive those places through this book once again, albeit in a more sober form. From Paris to San Sebastian to Pamplona and even ending in Madrid, the book pulls me through the memories quite well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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