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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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.
There weren't many characters - I would have to say the old man
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.
It made me think - my family and I have just started to reread some of the classics.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
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.
Touching, Captivating, Saddening
no. this was masterful in capturing the struggle.
if I could
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.
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