We gave it a B+
I never really warmed to Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises until I heard William Hurt’s damned fine narration of that iconic 1926 novel, one of a handful of terrific new audiobooks read by celebrated actors. I always found the romance between Jake Barnes, sexually sidelined by that mysterious war wound, and world-weary Lady Brett Ashley (”Oh, darling, I’m so miserable!”) the tiniest bit silly, their offhand anti-Semitism off-putting, and Hemingway’s famously lean prose inert. And to some extent I still do. But after eight mellow hours savoring Hurt’s thoughtful interpretation, I can finally feel the weight of Lost Generation anomie, generate a twinge of real pity for Jake’s plight, and appreciate Hemingway’s dry humor.