The Sun Also Rises

Written by:
Ernest Hemingway
Narrated by:
William Hurt

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2006
8 hours 4 minutes
2007 Audie Award Finalist for Classics

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.

“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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My favorite novel ever. William Hurt manages to bring out every bit of humor in the novel. It's Hemingway at his funniest and saddest. Lovely writing while he was still so young and before the fame, alcohol, and repeated head injuries took their toll. Say what you will about the man's life and behavior, but here at least, he wrote like an angel.

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Luis P.

Best narrator I’ve ever heard. The emotions and accents are magnificent

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Linda M.

There is no writer like Hemingway for capturing an atmosphere of time and place. I love this book. I have read it twice over the years, and listened to this audio rendering in preparation for a book club discussion. The characters are fully understood by the reader with the author using so few words; Hemingway was an amazing writer. Personally, the detailed information on bull-fighting in Spain was painful to hear but it also demonstrated Hemingway's love of the bull fight - it never hurts to try to understand why other people love different things than you do. I felt that William Hurt's narrative was good though sometimes his emphasis hung in the air. I don't know if the narrative subsequent to the "hang" was over-dubbed poorly or what. Overall though, very good.

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Douglas D.

Charming story of another time represented by delightful cast of characters, all brought together through E.H. and given life by a superb narrator.

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Kenneth D.

Great listen. I thought William Hurt did a fine job in the narration. It was hard to get all of the characters straight simply from the accents!

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Beth D

You absolutely have to listen to Hurt's narration at faster speeds!

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Allott B

Relevant now. The similarities between our class divide and the division depicted in this novel is haunting. Our millionaire's celebrity, their occupation of the media's attention, their eventual visits to rehab or suicide track the same arch as the characters in this book. Sad, glorious---reality. Love it. Great narration. Still a favourite recording.

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Peter S

I respectfully disagree with the previous review regarding Mr. Hurt's voiceovers. I believe it a job well done w the occasional mix up (rare). I do, however, have some contention w the recording which skipped gratuitously on several occasions even after deleting and re-'downloading several times. I've plenty of memory on my phone so no real explanation for the skips. Not enough to deter me from future purchases. Overall, a classic reading for a classic book. I highly recommend.

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Amir Esfahani

The narrator doesn't really keep his voices straight, mixing them at times and making it confusing. Quality of the recording is of course very good. It's a shame that simon and schuster publishers didn't get someone that fit the part better for such an epic classic. They did excellent on farewell to arms, which I would listen to many many times. The voice does not do the book justice. Will look for other recordings In the future.

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