This was my first time listening to a classic on audible and I really enjoyed it. Man vs the Sea. I loved hearing how much respect this old man had for the sea and the creatures in it. It was mostly a man thinking to himself, alone, out on the open sea, trying to catch the biggest fish of his life. I doubt I would have been able to get through this book but Donald Sutherland kept my interest. I was glad I listened to it.
No, I just didn't care for it. It's okay but there are so many good books out there I wouldn't bother with this.
Slouching towards Bethlehem.
Tired, Lacking emotion. As an actor, he has a great voice and is very easy to listen to. But his staccato delivery may be correct for the old man character, but I increasingly found it dull.
No. Just a sad story.
I have tried a few Hemingway books and I'm just not a fan. I always feel like I am missing something. His short choppy sentences distract me.
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.
Perfect combination of story and reader. The writing is so simple, sentences so chopped, it required an actor's reading. Donald Sutherland doesn't rush a word or a sentence. It's rivetting each moment, ironically in a story where time passes so slowly. I felt that I was in the presence of masters, both writer and reader. The few obvious times where there was an edit and the volume changed were the only times I had a jolt into reality.
I had tears in my eyes when it ended, simply to have to leave the harsh and tender beauty of the fiction.
This is a modern classic I always wanted to experience. The stark language and biblical simplicity of the book is quite haunting. Some have criticized the book as being too obvious. However, I see this as Hemingway's tool for creating the overall tone. Some have speculated that the sharks Santiago faces in the book is Hemingway's metaphor of the relationship between himself and the literary critics. Who knows? In any case Donald Sutherland was a great narrator. I was very happy with this purchase
I'm an audiobook narrator and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Happy to share my thoughts on books I've enjoyed.
If they were interested in reading the book then I would simply because there aren't any other choices of narrator.
I expected so much more from Donald Sutherland, especially given all of the "5" ratings that he has been given for this book. I am convinced this rating must be a knee jerk reaction based on his name. I believe it COULD have been great as his voice is perfect for this title. I was excited that he was the one reading it - until I listened. He did not apply his vast talent to this narration, IMHO. Had he done so, it would have been a much, much better book.
This recording is far below today's standards with page turns and odd breaths/sounds/mouth noises being left in. If you can find another narration read by a decent narrator, chose that one instead.
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
This was the worst audiobook narration I’ve ever heard. I can only guess Sutherland was attempting to embody the exhaustion of the beaten-down, resilient old fisherman. But honestly, he sounded as bored and tired as I felt. There were entire passages I could barely understand because of the mumbly, comatose, fatigued delivery. It was so bad it was borderline comical.
The saving grace is that the story is mercifully short – knowing it was going to end quickly was the only thing that kept me listening.
As for the narrative itself, this was my first encounter with “The Old Man…”, and I’m so disappointed it was under these circumstances.
During the reading I couldn’t find anything in the story that captured me. It was sparse and repetitive and – I hate to say it – boring. The emotional punch doesn’t come until the very, very end. And at that moment I could barely muster any response other than relief (that it was over) and bafflement (that this is considered a classic).
But I like to allow a few days or a week before reviewing… to allow the text space to have its impact. I’ve found myself lingering on the mundane tragedy of the old man and the gentle broken heartedness of the young boy. And I’m ruminating on the old man’s tender acceptance of life’s harsh realities.
These post-reading thoughts are making this a terribly difficult book to review. How can I want to re-experience something I didn’t enjoy at all? So maybe that’s why this qualifies as a classic?!
I will most likely reread the book (as text not audio), and may possibly have a different opinion after Round 2. But in the meantime, I’m giving my honest response to a first-time exposure. My three-star review is intended to represent the awful experience during, and the delayed emotional punch that came after.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
I read this years ago, and forgot much of it. I remembered the fight against the fish, but not that the story is also about man trying to make it in society, and understanding himself.
The brutality of Santiago fighting against the 18' marlin for his survival had a nobility to it. The detail was incredible - the tension when he first hooks the fish, how he physically and spiritually sustains himself during the battle only to be defeated by sharks.
I loved the old man's relationship with the boy, and was surprised and amused by their mutual love of DiMaggio and baseball.
Sutherland's narration was wonderful - it made me slow down and really feel the language and get caught up in it.