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The Old Man and the Sea Audiobook

The Old Man and the Sea

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Hemingway's short, evocative sentences have never worked better than in this novella written at the twilight of his career. Donald Sutherland achieves an astonishing performance as old man Santiago, in this story of failure, reckless determination, and victory. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed Hemingway's power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

©1952 Ernest Hemingway; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2007

What Members Say

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    Poya 04-06-14
    Poya 04-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i don't think its for today generation, its too slow and the outcome is clear.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Hemingway again?

    i don't think i will listen to Ernest, i heard a lot about this book but its not for this time anymore, there are much better writers today. with further more exciting stories.

    don't get me wrong he is a grate writer, but i my opinion not for today.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Donald Sutherland’s performances?

    the performance was very boring and slow, i appreciate the effort but this is not for me.


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    Jordan ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 12-20-13
    Jordan ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 12-20-13
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    "The Ultimate Fish Tale"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Hemingway again?

    Probably not


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where he tracks the movements of the fish by watching the birds fly overhead.


    Could you see The Old Man and the Sea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Because so much of the movie is made up of internal dialogue, I really don't see this working well on-screen.


    Any additional comments?

    Donald Sutherland's reading was great as the narrator and the Old Man, but the few scenes of dialogue early on the book were hard to follow as he makes no attempt to distinguish the characters with his voice.

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    Brad Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-20-13
    Brad Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-20-13

    Father.Husband.Industrial Athlete

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    "Great Narration!"
    Where does The Old Man and the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This sits about in the middle of the road for me. I'm really not a fan of fiction, but this book pulled me in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Swanner United States 09-13-13
    Swanner United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "fantastic"
    Where does The Old Man and the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its on up there. its short but thats what you need after some epics.


    Which character – as performed by Donald Sutherland – was your favorite?

    the old man of course...there arent but a few other charaters total. He did a great job delivering hemimgways direct and spare prose.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, but i will say listening to a fine recording of a classic some 20 something years after i first read the story was a great experience. im glad i was exposed to great literature in school, but its a different experience with a few more miles under my belt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul ANKENY, IA, United States 09-12-13
    Paul ANKENY, IA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy historical studies and period pieces, especially works historical fiction pertaining to the American Civil War, WWI and WWII.

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    "Masterful Combination"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. There is simply nothing like Donal Sutherland reading the classic novel about the old man Santiago. An exceptionally enjoyable listening experience. Rarely have I heard a performance so perfectly matched to the subject matter.


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    Vanessa COVINA, CA, United States 09-04-13
    Vanessa COVINA, CA, United States 09-04-13
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    "Just Beautiful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    So moving, so elegant. This story will transport you. The simple beauty of this tale will have you in tears. Donald Sutherland does an EXCELLENT job with his narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SF Report 07-15-13
    SF Report 07-15-13

    Jimbo

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    "Mastery"
    What did you love best about The Old Man and the Sea?

    This was one of Hemingways masterpieces and I couldn't think of a better reader than Donald Sutherland. His voice is great and his transitions from the old man to the boy to the narrator are masterful. Wonderful work !!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unconquerable spirit of man.......


    What about Donald Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    Superb...One of the best I have heard on Audible and I have 80....He actually teaches one how to read this story....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    More, Pretty Please :O)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Herv J. Peairs Massachusetts, USA 06-19-13
    Herv J. Peairs Massachusetts, USA 06-19-13 Member Since 2005

    HJP

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    "Perfect narration by Donald Sutherland"
    Where does The Old Man and the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This reading of The Old Man and the Sea ranks in the top quartile of books I've listened to. Of course the book itself is a classic, but Donald Sutherland's narration elevates it a notch or two. The smoky timbre of his voice and his understated delivery are a perfect match for Hemingway's laconic prose and its underlying depth. Listen to it in a distraction-free environment. You may also want to try completing it in one sitting -- it is about the length of a feature movie.


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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 05-28-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 05-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Simple incredable story"

    Just a simple story written by a master and narrated superbly. Hemingway wastes no words in his beautiful writing. Any writer today should study Hemingway's beautifully efficient use of words. Many or today's best selling books would be much shorter and much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shalanda JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-28-13
    Shalanda JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bed Time Story"
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or Donald Sutherland?

    While I'm a big fan of Ernest Hemingway, I was very disappointed by Donald Sutherland's narration. He spoke in a monotone throughout the entire book as if he read while trying to talk through a pillow. Yeah, I get that he was trying to betray the voice of an "Old Man", but is rendition was very boring. He sound as though he was extremely tired and out of breath throughout the entire book. And quite frankly, I became "tired" of listening to him.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Good question. I'm not sure. Stumbling across this unfortunate first, has caused me to select my audio books with a bit more caution. And while I do read the reviews before purchasing any audio book, (because at times they are extremely helpful), the reviews for "The Old Man and the Sea" was way off base. However, as they say "a person's perspective is their own reality". In this manner, I can't say I saw the same vision as the other satisfied listeners. Sorry, it just wasn't happening for me.


    What didn’t you like about Donald Sutherland’s performance?

    His voice was very monotone and did not have any variation. And at times I could not differentiate between when the boy was speaking versus the old man. I think I may have enjoyed the book better if I had read it in print myself. I love, love, love, Hemingway, so my standards are pretty high when someone takes on the task of reading his beautiful work. And Donald Sutherland with a voice like that, would have been great for reading bed time stories to children I'll give him that but, not to the mature adult crowd of the Hemingway followers.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book was a classic! However, the narration ruined it for me. I couldn't bring myself to even finish listening. I had to fast forward the audio to the end of the book just to hear the ending, because it just didn't get there quick enough for me. It just draaaaaag along. (Caution! Do not listen to this audio while driving or operating any heavy machinery.) Redeeming qualities? Hmmm the metaphors were superb! Life vs. Nature and all that. ;)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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