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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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    Casie 08-14-12
    Casie 08-14-12
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    "Short but sweet"

    Great story exceedingly well narrated- a rare combination. Best bargain if you purchase, rather than use credits.

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    A User San Antonio, TX, United States 08-13-12
    A User San Antonio, TX, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but I don't recommend it for while driving"

    The story is interesting and the narrator does a good job. I don't recommend listening to the story in the car. The narrator has a slow, even keeled voice that I find a little too relaxing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don K in Alaska Alaska 07-29-12
    Don K in Alaska Alaska 07-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Now I understand Hemingway's well-deserved fame."
    If you could sum up The Old Man and the Sea in three words, what would they be?

    Worthwhile reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Surprisingly, everything.


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

    I've introduced several people to this classic.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I ought to follow up with this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy L. Buffington Minnesota 07-23-12
    Jeremy L. Buffington Minnesota 07-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Jeremy

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    "A classic well worth experiencing"
    What did you love best about The Old Man and the Sea?

    Hemingway's strong, simple, flowing prose evokes the same qualities of his characters. His writing is melancholy music.


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

    This is my first experience with Donald Sutherland's voice work.


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

    Yes, especially given it's short length. This book is much more about the old man's feelings during his hardship, and you experience that much more acutely if you remain with him throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DebKoo Houston, TX, United States 07-18-12
    DebKoo Houston, TX, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful, Absolutely Beautiful!!"

    This book does not disappoint. I loved listenting to Donald Sutherland be the Old Man. It was truely beautiful and I'm ready to listen to it again.

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    Mandy mittagong, Australia 06-21-12
    Mandy mittagong, Australia 06-21-12

    mystic138

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    "Donald Sutherland reads Ernest Hemingway"
    What did you love best about The Old Man and the Sea?

    I listened to this over 2 sittings and was sorry when it ended. Sutherland's voice and dramatisation is so distinctive - why is this all he has recorded for Audible? The story got me in: hook, line and sinker. A straightforward plot with great reality and character development. I wish there was more but I shall have to patiently wait - and this wasn't even a book I had to read for English Literature this semester (pick of the crop for the was Rushdie's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" - fascinating.


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

    That would be giving it away but the ending does leave you up in the air to work the rest out for yourself which is better for me than being spoonfed every aspect of the plot.


    What about Donald Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely loved it - think I have seen every movie he has been in and I recognise his voice - shame he so often gets to play the villain but that's just his appearance and often moody, reflective and sinister portrayal.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Just try to talk Donald Sutherland into making time to do more recordings for Audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason United States 06-07-12
    Jason United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great rendition of the Old Man and the Sea"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Old Man and the Sea to be better than the print version?

    This would probably be no unless Hemingway himself had read it aloud. However, I though Donald Sutherland did an exceptional job.


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

    When he first sees the Marlin jump


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

    Good interpretation on the emotions involved in the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not sure on this one...


    Any additional comments?

    I loved every minute of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hondaa.wu taitung, Taiwan 06-05-12
    hondaa.wu taitung, Taiwan 06-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "nice performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Old Man and the Sea to be better than the print version?

    it is a very difference experience.


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

    moby dick
    imagination about sea & fishing


    What about Donald Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    excellent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the old man and sea


    Any additional comments?

    should have preface

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo Squeff 05-02-12 Member Since 2012

    "We could not live at all if there where not outside of the air of this world yet another air to breathe..." -- Hermann Hesse

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    "I have something to say..."

    The way Donald approached this reading is moving. I believe him to be worthy of having the opportunity to narrate Hemingway's best book. If you are interested in a first reading of Hemingway's work this should be your choice. And even if you already read this story, please please please do not miss the chance to have this audiobook in your library. You'll repeat it a thousand times.

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    iain 04-17-12
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    "Why on earth do people think Hemingway is so good"
    Would you listen to The Old Man and the Sea again? Why?

    Well if you want a compelling, character driven, poetic journey in literature with the salt water spraying in your face and your hands stinging as the line cuts in to you along with the old man, this is it. Don't make any other plans for 2 and a half hours this isn't one you can listen to in pieces.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Have you ever noticed great stories are not about anything much? but every line transports you to the scene? 3D in your mind, TV/Movies have nothing on this.


    What about Donald Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    Easy flowing, effortless performance, you can feel his excitement as he reads, he is as anxious to read as you are to listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life played out on the sea


    Any additional comments?

    No wonder Hemingway got the Noble prize for Literature, I'm on to the next Hemingway epic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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