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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Bruce Greenwood Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • “A book much finer than any the young contenders can write.” 

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by April | 2/18/2014

    " I know. It's Hemingway. I'm a girl. And it's not his greatest novel. But I liked it. It took me to Cuba. It took me deep sea fishing. It took me into his conflicted heart. It was like a baptism. Or a really good mean. It changed the way I looked at him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rylan McQuade | 2/17/2014

    " Strange and seemingly random. Didn't like it much on a personal level. Plenty of imagery, comparisons and fore-shadowing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Connolly | 2/14/2014

    " An absolute favorite "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/14/2014

    " I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I found it to be too tedious and too lacking in action to hold my attention. It was a struggle to engage in the full chapters of menial dialogue that did nothing to propel the plot. I found the main character dull and emotionless, even callous. I wonder how different this story would have been if Hemingway had had an influence on the published version. "

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