Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century
An honestly great book!
One of the best books I have listened to in a while. Hemingway's words painted a picture in my mind so vivid that I could smell the salt air and feel the boat rocking against the waves as he battled the big fish. Of course the story goes deeper than just battling the big fish and I will leave the rest of the details for you to discover on your own. This is a classic and the narration by Donald Sutherland is just another plus!!
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Donald Sutherland proves how great of a performer he is with this narration of "The Old Man and the Sea". I felt as if Hemingway himself was reading this to me.
As I listened, I could feel the rope across my back and the torn flesh of my hands holding the line as I patiently waited for the big fish.
Now I know why this is a classic tale. The story is so powerful and raw. Donald Sutherland's voice is interesting, not as polished as some other readers but I think it doesn't detract from the story. You find yourself imagining the Old Man and not thinking about the reader.
I read this book 25 years ago and cited it in a college paper about perseverence. It was a treat to experience this story again. I was moved by the narrators reading. He read it in such a way that was able to lay my emotional response on the story without being overpowered his. Even so his reading was rich and deep.
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Being forced to read this in school I thought I would give it another try as an adult. I can appreciate it, but I didn't like it. The imagery is great, the symbolism to Christ's trials is evident throughout the book and Donald Sutherland doesn't break a sweat in regards to his narration -very quite, steady and well, boring. The voice is a good fit to the monotonous story. All in all it's still a fish tale
The entire Story is good
Narrator mumbled and made the story hard to follow.
I had an older version that the cd failed. Downloaded this version and was disappointed with Donald Sutherland's performance. He mumbled at times, making it hard to understand.
Sometimes we struggle, and it seems all for nothing, as in this story. Sometimes we want to give up. This was a beautiful tale of struggle, persistence , failure and success.
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This is a very good story, which was well written. Hemingway does a great job in keeping his writing simple and to the point and as a result it's easy to understand and follow. Sutherland also does a terric job with the narration making this audio book version twice as good. Definitely worth a few hours of your time to listen to a classic piece of literature that has and will continue to stand the test of time!
While I appreciate Hemingway's keen ability to develop this character and evoke some powerful metaphors in such a short novel, I just tend to enjoy books that move along faster. I thought Donald Sutherland sounded a bit muffled and he was a bit too monotone for me, but I have to agree that I believe this is the style that the story called for.
Still, if you are an avid audiobook reader, setting aside a couple of hours to hear a classic novel like this is certainly recommended. It's Hemingway. It's Donald Sutherland. It's 2.5 hours. Skip the game one weekend afternoon and listen to a classic story told by a classic actor.