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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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    J. Reese Medford, MA 08-08-17
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    I have no idea how I ended up caring about the characters towards the end of the book... I didn't think I would. The first half of the book was so boring. I swear Hemingway was more interested in showing off his knowledge of Paris geography and his knowledge of alcoholic beverages than in writing anything worth reading. I don't like his minimalist style at all. When they got to Pamplona things finally got somewhat interesting... I think, though, that his lack of description would leave most readers floundering to imagine the scene. Had I not been to Pamplona myself, seen the running of the bulls, seen bullfights, been to Paris, and had all that info to draw upon to fill in the massive gaps in Hemingway's writing, then I doubt I would have enjoyed any of the book, except maybe the Seinfeld-like interpersonal relationship drama. Hurt's reading of the book... well, it "hurt"... I liked his character voices and dialog reading a lot, but the narration between the dialog was terrible. He would frequently seem to not realize he was at the end of a sentence, then he'd encounter a period that ended a sentence and it seemed to take him by such surprise that he treated it like a comma and kept rambling through the next sentence. His intonation and emphasis were all wrong, especially in the first half. It was very distracting.

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    Kevin 08-04-17
    Kevin 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Doesn't anyone know how to use the Audible app?"

    Crank William Hurt up to 3.0 Times Speed, and quaff the genius that is Hemingway in just over two and a half hours.

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    Anonymous 07-31-17
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    "My favorite novel of all time."

    Originally listened to this novel on CD. I was thrilled to get an audible copy. I see Wlliam Hurt in my mind as Jake and Victoria Tennant from Winds of War as Britt. I listen to it at least once a year.

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    Anthony Loyd Racine, WI 07-12-17
    Anthony Loyd Racine, WI 07-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing story, reflective of it's time"

    Petulant adults. Bigotry. Antisemitism. Colorfully described in Hemingway's tight prose. The characters are flawed and well drawn. Buy most impressive is William Hurt's reading. I don't think I will be able to read Hemingway again without hearing Hurt's excellent narration.

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    Tony Kauffmann 07-11-17
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    "story is good, reading is meh"

    weird pauses in the reading. the voice is great but the performance and the pace is off

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    J. Cornelius Atlanta, GA 07-06-17
    J. Cornelius Atlanta, GA 07-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story poorly narrated"

    The reader's odd cadence and tone ruined it for me. I wish someone else had been hired to voice this epic story.

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    Tractorman St. Louis 07-01-17
    Tractorman St. Louis 07-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best performance ever"

    William hurt became Hemingway in his reading of this great book. His is the best performance I've ever listened to for an audio book, and I've listened to hundreds.

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    Jeffrey Lawson 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Youth un-regained"

    The story did not inspire me as it had in my late teens (30+ years ago).

    The reading by Mr. Hurt was remarkable, although I was occasionally lost by the frequent change of speaker.

    A very good production.

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    Margaret 06-17-17
    Margaret 06-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "It was pretty to think"

    Our foolishness at living life leaves us so empty what a commentary on our livesl

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    drewster San Mateo 06-09-17
    drewster San Mateo 06-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Context free rambling"

    I suppose if you have enough contemporary context, this might be a great novelization of the post war miasma that plagued the European continent. But if you are not an expert in the cultural context of the era it's just a boring book about boors and bulls.

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