Hemingway's strong, simple, flowing prose evokes the same qualities of his characters. His writing is melancholy music.
This is my first experience with Donald Sutherland's voice work.
Yes, especially given it's short length. This book is much more about the old man's feelings during his hardship, and you experience that much more acutely if you remain with him throughout.
This book does not disappoint. I loved listenting to Donald Sutherland be the Old Man. It was truely beautiful and I'm ready to listen to it again.
I listened to this over 2 sittings and was sorry when it ended. Sutherland's voice and dramatisation is so distinctive - why is this all he has recorded for Audible? The story got me in: hook, line and sinker. A straightforward plot with great reality and character development. I wish there was more but I shall have to patiently wait - and this wasn't even a book I had to read for English Literature this semester (pick of the crop for the was Rushdie's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" - fascinating.
That would be giving it away but the ending does leave you up in the air to work the rest out for yourself which is better for me than being spoonfed every aspect of the plot.
Absolutely loved it - think I have seen every movie he has been in and I recognise his voice - shame he so often gets to play the villain but that's just his appearance and often moody, reflective and sinister portrayal.
Just try to talk Donald Sutherland into making time to do more recordings for Audio.
This would probably be no unless Hemingway himself had read it aloud. However, I though Donald Sutherland did an exceptional job.
When he first sees the Marlin jump
Good interpretation on the emotions involved in the book.
Not sure on this one...
I loved every minute of it!
it is a very difference experience.
imagination about sea & fishing
the old man and sea
should have preface
"We could not live at all if there where not outside of the air of this world yet another air to breathe..." -- Hermann Hesse
The way Donald approached this reading is moving. I believe him to be worthy of having the opportunity to narrate Hemingway's best book. If you are interested in a first reading of Hemingway's work this should be your choice. And even if you already read this story, please please please do not miss the chance to have this audiobook in your library. You'll repeat it a thousand times.
Well if you want a compelling, character driven, poetic journey in literature with the salt water spraying in your face and your hands stinging as the line cuts in to you along with the old man, this is it. Don't make any other plans for 2 and a half hours this isn't one you can listen to in pieces.
Have you ever noticed great stories are not about anything much? but every line transports you to the scene? 3D in your mind, TV/Movies have nothing on this.
Easy flowing, effortless performance, you can feel his excitement as he reads, he is as anxious to read as you are to listen.
Life played out on the sea
No wonder Hemingway got the Noble prize for Literature, I'm on to the next Hemingway epic.
I prefer both - I enjoy reading the printed version while having it narrated by someone else. Donald Sutherland made me fell like I was right there with the old man in his boat.
There weren't many characters - I would have to say the old man
Feelings - emotions - as I wrote before - because of his narration, I felt I was there with the old man, feeling what he was feeling, seeing what he was seeing, etc.
It made me think - my family and I have just started to reread some of the classics.
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.
Touching, Captivating, Saddening
no. this was masterful in capturing the struggle.
if I could