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The Old Man and the Sea | [Ernest Hemingway]

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

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    Debbie DARIEN, IL, United States 04-14-12
    Debbie DARIEN, IL, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Old Man and the Sea to be better than the print version?

    I prefer both - I enjoy reading the printed version while having it narrated by someone else. Donald Sutherland made me fell like I was right there with the old man in his boat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There weren't many characters - I would have to say the old man


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

    Feelings - emotions - as I wrote before - because of his narration, I felt I was there with the old man, feeling what he was feeling, seeing what he was seeing, etc.


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

    It made me think - my family and I have just started to reread some of the classics.


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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-13-12
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Still a Classic Tale"

    After all these decades, the story is still engaging and relevant. This was brought home to me because I listened to the re-telling with my 13 year old son whilst driving to our Easter vacation spot. He and I both enjoyed the tale and it provoked discussion and analysis in a very satisfying way. It's difficult to say much more about the content. Simply excellent!
    As for the narration, I feel a bit of a Scrooge. I think Sutherland's accent enhanced the telling, but my son found it hard to hear. I think the cadence was not a common one for him and it probably detracted from the overall impact. For my part, I like Sutherland's accent so the Irish/Cuban discord did not jar with me. To be fair, I would have given it a 3.5 if I could have.

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    G Tucson, AZ, United States 04-09-12
    G Tucson, AZ, United States 04-09-12
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    "Hemingway's Old Man"
    If you could sum up The Old Man and the Sea in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, Captivating, Saddening


    Have you listened to any of Donald Sutherland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no. this was masterful in capturing the struggle.


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

    if I could


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    Sarah Arlington, VA, United States 01-24-12
    Sarah Arlington, VA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic, Easy Listen"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story was slow, but the grace and humility exhibited by the main character (the


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Doris United States 01-24-12
    Doris United States 01-24-12
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    "so very good"
    Would you listen to The Old Man and the Sea again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clearly the oldman himself. His strength of character. Id like to know him.


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    Dan 01-16-12
    Dan 01-16-12
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    "Understated performance perfect for the story"
    Any additional comments?

    Sutherland reading Hemingway. He gets it right. Very little theatrics, very restrained, fits the material perfectly. I think Hemingway would have approved.

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    jjimhoog 01-11-12
    jjimhoog 01-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Old Man and the Sea the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a longer listen; however, another beautiful work by Hemmingway.


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    Jerry United States 12-26-11
    Jerry United States 12-26-11

    40 years in radio. Free speech... don't ever let anyone take it away from us. The Theatre of the mind is beautiful.

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    "Theater of the mind was great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Old Man and the Sea to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First glimpse of the big fish


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

    Enjoy short listening segments so I have something to look forward to the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    Went and got the movie a week later to see how they portrayed their theatre of the mind vs. mine

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    Hennie 12-12-11
    Hennie 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Less is more..."
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    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...

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    Dawn United States 08-23-11
    Dawn United States 08-23-11

    wave rider

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    "Hemingway read by Sutherland is pure beauty"

    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.

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