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The Old Man and the Sea Audiobook

The Old Man and the Sea

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.
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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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    Carrie Toronto, ON, Canada 03-05-13
    Carrie Toronto, ON, Canada 03-05-13
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    "Heartfelt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As always Hemmingway has a way with words and this arguably is my favourite of his words. This story touched my heart and soul and hearing it was even better than reading it (which I last did many years ago). My partner and I listed to this while driving down Hwy 1 into Key West and it was magic. Although I was crying so hard I could hardly see (thankfully I wasn't the one driving) this book set the tone for an amazing vacation which I believe we enjoyed more as a result of listening to this en route.


    What does Donald Sutherland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Donald Sutherland has a captivating voice and truly seems to make the deeper meaning of this story come alive through the way he tells it.


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    william francis 01-15-13

    im 68years old and i grew up with a smallboat for escape from an alcoholic home ,ive . loved books about sailing and adventure eversince.

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

    this is the story of all mens lifes.


    What other book might you compare The Old Man and the Sea to and why?

    cant think of a book to compare it to.


    What does Donald Sutherland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great voice he has a feel for the book.and the story


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

    this is a book to emerce yourself in.


    Any additional comments?

    ageing is the theme . the . way the old man suffers with dignity.I was so blessed by the old man.......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    linda United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-07-13
    linda United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The Old Man and the Sea (Hemmingway)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Old Man and the Sea to be better than the print version?

    My first listen to a Hemmingway novel. So well written, the story kept me so involved and I was truly awed by how well he conveys a thought.


    What does Donald Sutherland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice quality and the style he brings to this novel actually makes this book even better!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very short listen and you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shayne Tooele, UT, United States 12-05-12
    Shayne Tooele, UT, United States 12-05-12
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    "My Favorite Hemingway Book!!!"
    Would you listen to The Old Man and the Sea again? Why?

    I listen to this book once every 6 months or so. The Story is elegant and humbling! Donald Sutherland's voice and tone is very powerful for this book. This is a must buy!!!


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

    This book makes me remember just how we are all human and how we can all achieve great things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly rockford, il, United States 11-17-12
    kimberly rockford, il, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "life lesson"
    Where does The Old Man and the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Man and the Sea?

    Him waiting in the open sea for gods guidence


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight with the fish


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    A lot to be learned. By alone time. A chance to know thy self.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-07-12 Member Since 2013

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Interesting... narrator could have been better"
    If you could sum up The Old Man and the Sea in three words, what would they be?

    Good short story


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was descriptive.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Donald Sutherland?

    I don't know but it was difficult to listen to it. He was a bit unclear and drab.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sharks eating the fish was pretty messed up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl 11-04-12
    cheryl 11-04-12

    I like quiet walks, live in a lovely part of QLD I enjoy these books as background or a good listen, happy listening .

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    "A great read"
    Would you listen to The Old Man and the Sea again? Why?

    Already have, great story of respect, reminds me of the good old world 50 yrs ago


    What did you like best about this story?

    The respectfull the boy sreved the old man


    What about Donald Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    how's he


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all


    Any additional comments?

    great for the schools to study

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scrap CHALFONT, PENNSYLVANIA, United States 10-07-12
    Scrap CHALFONT, PENNSYLVANIA, United States 10-07-12
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    "great"
    If you could sum up The Old Man and the Sea in three words, what would they be?

    Mr. Donald Sutherland


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing style


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

    gee, I wonder


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

    Laugh out loud


    Any additional comments?

    My first Audible .com book...It's like flying first class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bill Allyn, Washington, United States 10-07-12
    bill Allyn, Washington, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic book!"

    Ernest Hemingway is such a classic writer!
    The story and production were the greatest!
    Would recommend the book to anyone
    An inspirational, depressing and uplifting read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 09-27-12
    Peter LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a television editor and producer. There are so many ways to tell a story, but novel writing is the purest form. I am working on my first novel. It is the hardest yet most satisfying endeavor of my life so far.

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    "Brilliant, relevant and moving."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Old Man and the Sea to be better than the print version?

    Different but equal. The writing is so engaging and econimical and the character of old man so real that it's difficult to separate the message from the medium.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Man and the Sea?

    As the Old Man sat alone in his boat struggling with pain, thirst, weakness and nausea, he recalled a time from his younger days when he engaged a sailer in a 20 hour arm wrestling match. This moment in the story defined raw endurance and determination more effectively than anything else I've ever read.


    What does Donald Sutherland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Donald Southerland reads with great clarity and just enough expression to let the writing tell the story. After listening to the book, I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job than he. His voice, I'm sure, is far superior than my inner reading voice would be.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by the Old Man's respect for the fish. He never belittled or underestimated his opponent, which lended a fresh perspective to his trade.


    Any additional comments?

    What can be said about one of the greatest stories ever told? Read it, cherish it, learn from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Joseph
    United Kingdom
    9/27/14
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    "I love Hemingway"
    Where does The Old Man and the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only recently started getting into Hemingway, but this is my favourite book of his to date.
    I struggle paying attention to literature with audiobooks, but the length and pace of the book made this idea for me.


    What about Donald Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    Really well read, he really engaged me in the journey.


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

    Yes, and I would have if I had known in advance and picked a suitable time. Instead I was forced to put it down at several points and I found that I was always slowly approaching my final destination to hear a bit more.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, but then it is Hemingway, so you knew that already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keighley, United Kingdom
    9/22/12
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    "A classic and it's clear why"

    I struggle to find time to read with two small children around but I listened to this in one sitting. Fantastic storytelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs S Maure
    1/31/16
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    "Just wonderful...."

    The endurance and persistence of the human spirit, the injustice and brutality of life, facing mortality, take your pick! A classic, economically written and melodically and soothingly narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oksana Dubovik
    1/9/16
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    "Concise Moby Dick"

    This book is beautifully read by Donald Sutherland. It's quite short, so you can listen to it over and over again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sass
    10/23/15
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    "Amazing and beautiful"

    I always wanted to read 'The Old Man and the Sea' by Hemingway, but I could never get into it. However, this audio book really brings it to life and helped me appreciate the beauty of Hemingway's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • fizzyclare
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    10/13/15
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    "really good food for the soul"

    loved the story, I can see why it won an a award. the story is mellow, tender even. what a finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mel
    9/24/15
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    "Very good"

    Great performance, great story, well worth a listen. Would recommend to a friend. Well done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kieran McCormack
    1/4/15
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    "Emotional"

    Narrator exactly captured what I felt on first reading 50 years ago.Looking forward to more from Mr.Sutherland.Death in the Afternoon?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vera
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    4/18/12
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    "Sutherland is very monotonous"

    The reading of narrator Donald Sutherland is very monotonous. It is difficult to listen to a longer periods of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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