My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Hemingway pretty much invented the technique of writing about one thing while the words are talking about something else. This is Hemingway at the peak of his ability and the height of his own experience of life. It comes about as close to perfection as any prose work has a right to in this world. Having Donald Sutherland read it is just an extra bonus.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
After all these decades, the story is still engaging and relevant. This was brought home to me because I listened to the re-telling with my 13 year old son whilst driving to our Easter vacation spot. He and I both enjoyed the tale and it provoked discussion and analysis in a very satisfying way. It's difficult to say much more about the content. Simply excellent!
As for the narration, I feel a bit of a Scrooge. I think Sutherland's accent enhanced the telling, but my son found it hard to hear. I think the cadence was not a common one for him and it probably detracted from the overall impact. For my part, I like Sutherland's accent so the Irish/Cuban discord did not jar with me. To be fair, I would have given it a 3.5 if I could have.
Donald Sutherland's & Old Man in the Sea create the ultimate audible experience. "It's poetry in motion.".
As a fan of Hemingway I had shied away from this story because I suspected that Hemingway was long past his prime when it was written and the Pulitzer a mercy prize.
I could not have been more wrong. The story is so compelling that later in the novella I often stopped the audio to absorb and visualize what had been said.
If you aren't sure that Hemingway is for you, Donald Sutherland's reading is perfection. He is an objective bystander with subtle nuance in his voice surrounding the Old Man's epic story. I have listend to many audibles and I can not envision a better voice or interpretation.
Hemingway is the old man, and the old man is Hemingway. There was nothing left for Hemingway to write after this story was complete. The sea was his writing and his struggle. Even if you have read the story, or read a lot of Hemingway listen as audible. Beautiful and perfect.
Donald Sutherland is perfect as the old man. His voice is soft and compelling. Hemingway builds into the boy and old man character and values that are so desirable, yet seem a thing of the past. I left the book wanting to be stronger (from the old man) and more compassionate (from the boy). I'm glad Audible put this on their Essential list!
You probably already know the story. Buy this one for the narration by Donald Sutherland. His tone of voice seems to me to be exactly the tone of the story. You will quickly be pulled into the story.
You need not be nearly as persistent as "the old man" to listen to this. The narration is about perfect, and as long as you can handle an unassuming, tender story about fishing for days on end you shouldn't have any trouble with this one.
London Arizona man
Hemingway's work lends itself better to narration than almost any other author and Donald Sutherland does an excellent job of getting you into the boat with the old man.
This bite-sized novella is the perfect length and tone for one leg of a business trip.