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The Sun Also Rises

By: Ernest Hemingway,Colm Toibin
Narrated by: William Hurt
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Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises is Ernest Hemingway’s first novel and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style.​

A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows 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. In his first great literary masterpiece, Hemingway portrays an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions.

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©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.

Critic Reviews

2007 Audie Award Finalist for Classics

"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)

“The ideal companion for troubled times: equal parts Continental escape and serious grappling with the question of what it means to be, and feel, lost.” (The Wall Street Journal)

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Pretentious nonsense

I hate how Audible makes us write 20 "unique" words when giving a review. When will silicon valley types learn to stop forcing rules on others. Douche comes to mind.

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Something in nothing

This is a book about suppressed emotion. It is about people who had endured too much and are simply not willing to endure any more. They do nothing and bask in simple pleasures because it’s their only way out of the hell of the memories of a war that took too much out of them. The war underlies everything here. It’s the unspoken topic, the baseline which dictates their listlessness and torpor. Understand this and the book makes more sense, their characters are clarified and their actions comprehensible.

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Waffle

This is essentially a line by line account of the daily activities of a bunch of upper middle class singles who just eat and drink all day. They are constantly at a bar or in a restaurant, and stuff all else happens. This is a load of self indulgent twaddle, a book where nothing eventful actually happens, there is no build up, no climax and no relief. Some of the language used in the conversations is fun, in that 1920’s American way,

Like Catcher in the Rye, you think you are going to read an American classic, but it’s just some guy saying, “ I did this, then I did that, then I ate, then I had a drink, and another, and another….”

William Hurt does a great job reading it though.

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The Sun … meh

There are many drinks mentioned. They drink a lot. Money is no object. There don’t seem to be any consequences. They are all fine friends until they aren’t. William Hurt reads very well.

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Narration ruined everything

I had hoped that this audible book would let me really appreciate Hemingway’s great work. But unfortunately the narration ruined everything. It is, quite often, utterly unbearable, as one listener commented. I have failed to force myself to finish the book, and given up with 3 hrs left. Worst experience with Audible.

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sublime

Thoroughly engaging story and narration. Mr Hemingway's descriptions of people, places and events are masterful.

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The Sun Also Rises -a wonderful rendition of this iconic Hemingway novel

Hemingway always has a wonderfully evocative use of the English language. The 4 main characters Jake, Brett, Mike and Bill - are a diverse group of friends from different backgrounds, who embark on a trip through France to Pamplona, famous for its Running with the Bulls festival. The characters are well defined, and the story draws you in as you follow the events that unravel. Hurt’s narration of the story, including his talent portraying the various male & female voices & accents is superb. His husky drawl voice is perfect for this story.
I enjoyed every moment of this fantastic rendition of this wonderful story. Highly recommended.

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pointless, shallow and horrible narration

Many say this is Hemingway's best work. What am I missing?

As for the narration of this audio... to be fair, it is sometimes quite good. All too often, however, it's somewhere between bad and atrocious. I have a Spanish (yes, as in from Spain) background, and let me tell you, the Spanish pronunciation is farcical. In fact it is utterly unbearable.

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I enjoyed this.

Narration was best enjoyed At a speed of 1.25.
Some interesting attempts at accents but overall I loved his interpretation.

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Not for me

I loved The Old Man and the Sea, but this one was like listening to a depressed man read a shopping list, for 7 hours.

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