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.
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The story was slow, but the grace and humility exhibited by the main character (the
It is a quick listen (at only 2.5 hours), but the story is a slower moving one than many modern books. Definitely worth a listen, unless you can't tolerate fish being the primary topic of discussion.
Probably,because I was so caught up in his time alone at sea,I felt I was observing the gent from the other end of his boat. So,his mutterings made sense to me. What a dear character.
Clearly the oldman himself. His strength of character. Id like to know him.
Sutherland reading Hemingway. He gets it right. Very little theatrics, very restrained, fits the material perfectly. I think Hemingway would have approved.
I listened to this book while on a trip through the Caribbean and this a truly a great Hemmingway book. His style is crisp and clean, and yet, when you get into the story, has a profound and deep view on those simple and at the same time so complex details of life. With all those uncertainties and out-of-reach daily influences that we like to look away from in the 'developed' world. Great book and great flawless and good to listen to narration by Sutherland.
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a longer listen; however, another beautiful work by Hemmingway.
40 years in radio. Free speech... don't ever let anyone take it away from us. The Theatre of the mind is beautiful.
First glimpse of the big fish
Enjoy short listening segments so I have something to look forward to the next day.
Went and got the movie a week later to see how they portrayed their theatre of the mind vs. mine
I am no skilled audiobook critic and it is clear from previous comments that there is no accounting for the taste of some readers. Forget about the fact that this book was written by one of the greatest ever; if you love the sea, admire human courage under impossible conditions and enjoy listening to the soothing sound of one of the top actors in the world, you should listen to this audiobook. Again and again...
The great story of The Old Man and the Sea read by Donald Sutherland was beautiful on every level. The simple prose combined with Sutherland's great voice was like a melody. I will listen to it again. And the story, well I needn't tell you how spectacularly poignant and perfect it is. Many have done so before me. Living on the coast in Mexico and having known a few wizened old pangeros, did help make the story strike a personal chord.
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!
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