Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2006
CD ISBN 9780743564410 $34.95 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9780743563437 $20.95
Hemingway's celebrated novel of American expatriates adrift in Europe after WWI is narrated by acclaimed actor William Hurt. Like Hemingway's stylistic choices, Hurt's reading takes a bit of getting used to. But as the novel progresses, the actor's slow cadence and emotionally understated renderings of character and dialogue emerge as the right approach for the material. Hemingway is at his best in the careful, deliberate accretion of precise physical and emotional detail--he brings scenes to life as a painter brings light and color alive on a canvas. Hurt's reading mirrors Hemingway's quiet craftsmanship and ultimately strikes the listener as not just a passable interpretation, but an inevitable one. M.G. 2007 Audies Award Finalist © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 07]
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