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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.
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary Jo Ignoffo on 04-17-15

Disappointed with narration

Wished I had read rather than listened. Very weak narration as compared to other audible books. Hemingway no problem.... Weak acting

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kerry on 09-14-14

Great actor, terrible reader, kills classic

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

His foreign accents are abominable. Even his performance of the main character is completely flat. Frankly, I didn't even finish listening because the accents were so distracting!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lukas on 10-07-17

Excellent story, mediocre narrator

The narrator made this a little bit of a suffering to listen to this story

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3 out of 5 stars
By NP on 05-04-14

Hemingway again but not Hurt

Would you try another book written by Ernest Hemingway or narrated by William Hurt?

This was my first encounter with Hemingway, and threatened to be my last. If I had been listening to an author without such a pedigree, and therfore couldn't go online and be reminded by all and sundry that this is a defining novel, I suspect I would have walked away. This is undoubtedly partly my own fault - I came at the novel cold, without any reading about the context or themes, which at the distance of years would have been extremely useful. However, I believe much of the problem was the narration, which frequently irritated enough to distract concentration from the story. I'm a Scot, so Mike was a bad start - a cartoon character, sounding like a drunken Shrek. The other Brits had accents equally comic-book ridiculous, Brett's variable and often grating American take on Brit upper class just about killing her characterisation. Add in some Fawlty Towers Spaniards and only the Americans sound in any way true. In addition the narrator seems to eschew any flowing sentence structure, pausing where (I presume?) there is no punctuation in the novel, and sometimes grinding almost to a halt before jolting off. Again, perhaps my lack of familiarity with Hemingway is to blame, and he is supposed to be read in the form of heroic poetry, but I found it another layer of distraction.

Any additional comments?

Having read a number of online notes about the book since listening, I would certainly revisit it, as clearly I missed much of what makes this novel stand out. However, that will be a different narrator or a hard copy. Meanwhile I will buy another Hemingway on Audible, and watch Shrek again, where a stereotyped Scottish accent can be appropriately enjoyed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-22-18

Great reading of a great novel

Highly recommended. Listened to ithe novel non stop on long journey. Evocative, thoughtful, compelling reading.

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By Don on 10-29-17

Captivating interpretation

Reading about Hemingway’s striving for minimalistic writing made me think that William Hurt’s voice was the ideal match - he has a slow pace that matches the short, punchy sentences and dialogue. And he colours it all with accents and intonation. His grasp of Mike’s moods and those of the Count are impressive. Well done.

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