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Islands in the Stream

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By: Bruce Greenwood

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2006

Duration: 13 hours 36 minutes

Summary:

A LATER CLASSIC FROM AMERICA'S PREMIER FICTION WRITER

First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer -- a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.

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  • Liosha K

    Amazing book. A wonderful gem, albeit a little unpolished. The narrator is probably the best i ever listened to.

  • Anonymous

    Intriguing, not Hemingway's best. Middle part could have been skipped. Makes you wonder what he was thinking at his death.

  • Anonymous

    This is now my favorite Hemingway book. You feel like you are right there with the characters! A must!

  • Kathy

    I made it through the first story (novella) in this trilogy, and really liked it. Then I got to the second one, and had to give up. Never could figure out where Hemingway was going with this. The editors probably should've stopped with the first one, and either published the other ones separately, or just left them in the vault. However, the narrator does a wonderful job of acting out all the voices and the scenes.

  • Anonymous

    Hemingway was a brilliant and articulate author. His stories, even this one published after his death, are entrancing. However, the story line in this book jumps around a bit and was probably not ready for publication, in Hemingway's opinion. The continuous decussions of drinking seemed to me to show Hemingway's terrible alcoholism at the end of his life.

  • Jeffrey Kohan

    Normally I am skeptical about reading posthumous works of an author. Normally there is a reason the author did not publish the work in his lifetime. However I found this book very entertaining. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed For Whom the Bell Tolls which is my favorite Hemingway novel.

  • Anonymous

    This is a wonderful example of an old-fashioned classic that highlights today how scattered and unfocused modern books can be. There are only three major scenes and a handful of memorable characters and they are described so intensely and delightfully, you really feel like you were there and saw what happened. Be ready to laugh and cry when you read this book.

  • Mary Beth Broderson-Soper

    I totally love this story. Hemingway makes all the characters come alive. Unfortunately, the publisher messed up in the 'printing' of the discs. There is a significant loss of time and story line between disc 5 and 6. It's very disappointing to have missing chapters in a book and this is even more annoying since you have no idea how much is missing. The main character, Thomas Hudson, is a veiled version of Hemingway - even down to the love of cats. The narrator is well versed in different accents which helps bring the story to life. Beware while driving: there are tear jerker moments that will make you at least well up.