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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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    William M. Coggins 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "William Hurt makes it so much better. "

    Hemingway's dialogue becomes mundane and you can hear it in the narrator's voice. Love it!

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    Nicole.Leigh 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I must be missing something..."

    So many people have recommended this book and it’s highly acclaimed, but I’m not sure why. It goes on and on with no point or progression. The characters aren’t even very likable, there must be something I’m not getting or just can’t relate to.

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    LinktoThePast 10-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "masterpiece"

    a novel every person can take something meaningful from. wonderful performance by William Hurt. well worth listening.

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    John Bell 09-28-17
    John Bell 09-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad voice acting, great book"

    The voice actor was really the wrong choice for this book. The book has a series of characters from different nationalities - English, Scottish, French, Spanish, American - and so a voice actor would either have to A) do very good imitations of these accents or B) just keep everything in one accent.

    The voice actor tried option A, but did a horrendous job of imitating other accents, which made it very hard to concentrate on the narrative of the story. He also had troubles maintaining the accents of the characters, and tried to pronounce Spanish words - but very often made mistakes.

    Additionally, the voice actor read everything in a slow drowsy tone, and didn't give the dialogue the emotion or rythm that it would naturally have. This is a shame because the book is actually very good, but because of the performance I wouldn't bother purchasing it.

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    Jackie 09-27-17
    Jackie 09-27-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible Narration"

    It was truly very difficult to enjoy such a classic book with the HORRIBLE narration.

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    gregory walker 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wake up, Audible"
    What didn’t you like about William Hurt’s performance?

    Please do a re-record. The reader's accents bleed one into the other and are unbelievable at best. Just painful to listen to. I had to give up after two hours.


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    amazon_chick 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hemingway's great book - so so"

    Great dialogue and descriptors, alas no purpose to the story. Afterwards I felt like hmmm why did I waste time reading that!

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    Apthrathmahave 09-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I don't understand the poor reviews of the reader."
    What did you love best about The Sun Also Rises?

    The long dialogues. Amazing. Natural.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike and Bill. Mike was surly and nearly gratuitously mean, but I ended up liking him. Bill was a real man and had authentic friend's humor with Jake.


    What does William Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He handled the different accents (Scotch, English, French, Spanish, American) beautifully. I didn't cringe when he did women's voices.


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    "First Hemingway Novel I've Read"

    Enjoyed the novel during a recent road trip, it was just the right length. I enjoyed Hemingway's prose and dialog, found the characters sad, but likeable and very human. Boy they drink a lot. Can people really get that much booze in them? Had big problems with William Hurt's low, gravelly narration. His Scottish, French and Spanish accents were good, but his Lady Brett character voice was terrible and almost ruined the book. My husband and I had a lot of good laughs making fun of it. He'd forget to change accents so half the time Brett sounded like a man. Increasing the speed of the recording to 1.35bor so helped a LOT.

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    Edward 09-05-17
    Edward 09-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    Great writing, interesting characters, incredibly well read by Hurt. You'll want to read ot again.

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