This classic was powerfully and patiently read by Donald Sutherland. The images were crisp and felt real, as if we were in the skiff itself with the old man. Even better than reading the book myself years ago!
I used this in a second of 3 books with a reluctant learner. We read the Outsiders, which many young men seem to like. Once we were through with that book and his interest was piqued, he agreed to try this book. The clarity of voice coupled with worksheets from EdHelper greatly encouraged this young man to read and now he is really reading for pleasure. He has graduated and tells me he fondly remembers "first liking to read" using this format. Of course the book is a classic and Hemingway relates well to those that like ironic adventures.
The richness of Hemingway's descriptions keeps you fully engrossed in this "slice of life" novel. The book has such depth and power!
I've read this book a number of times over the course of my life. But this was the first time I HEARD the poetry of Hemingway. Sutherland does a wonderful low key read, and of course it is Hemingway at his finest, arguably anyway. I can't recommend this enough!
I listened to this as I walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia.
I was the fisherman, I imagined his battles and struggles. I wanted to concentrate on the words and Hemingway's use of them - I truly loved this and I've already downloaded my next book!
I can't recommend this story enough.
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.