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.
I read this story many decades ago and today I listened to the audio narrated by Donald Sutherland. Unlike the first time, it made a profound impression on me today as I appreciated it more. Maybe it is because I am on the water on my boat as I listened to each of Hemingway's descriptive words. Or, maybe it's because I am older. What I know is that the sound of Sutherland's voice brought the story to life. I was there when the old man set out to sea longing to catch a big fish. I felt the excruciating pain he felt when his hands were cut by the line, felt the heat of the sun on my neck, and the hunger pangs in my gut. I also felt the joy of victory when he caught the fish and when it finally lost it's struggle and died. And then the profound feeling defeat and sadness as the fish was devoured before his eyes. Tears ran down my cheeks when he landed on the shore and through the end. This is a true, timeless, masterpiece.