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The Old Man and the Sea Audiobook

The Old Man and the Sea

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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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    "wonderful."

    wonderful in every way! I would recommend it to young and old. Donald Sutherland does a fabulous job reading this classic story so gently.

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    Kimberly A. Allen Forest Hill, MD 08-05-15
    Kimberly A. Allen Forest Hill, MD 08-05-15

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    "the bone spur....."

    Glad I put my 15 yr old through audible version...we had just come off a fishing trip appropriately. Great story but. it was horrible slogging through as a high schooler. Cut out lots of redundant language and youd have a fantastic short story. The narration made this a delightful experience!

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    Devin 08-04-15
    Devin 08-04-15
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    "Incredible"

    Donald Sutherland gives a great performance bringing the novel to life.

    The book tells the heartful tale of an unfortunate old man trying to change his luck and catch an enormous marlin.

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    Rickey Lee Kimball Atlanta. GA 08-03-15
    Rickey Lee Kimball Atlanta. GA 08-03-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Donald Sutherland was a great choice to read this."

    Books a Classic by a great Author so the only thing to get is a great narrator and they got one.

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    Michael 08-03-15
    Michael 08-03-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story"

    At times the audio was difficult to hear but headphones solved this issues. If you were not in a place where headphones worked this maybe an issue.

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    trevino 07-24-15
    trevino 07-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    Mr. Sutherland was spectacular in reading this book. I enjoyed it and it pulled me in and I could see him on that boat...

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    Sam Lakewood, CA, USA 07-22-15
    Sam Lakewood, CA, USA 07-22-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply awesome! Classic bow to stern!"

    The whole thing was great the story, narration, sound quality. All good. I will be listening to more Hemingway books very soon. Why didn't I listen to them sooner is my only complaint. Donald's voice is perfect, almost too soothing!

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    Ivonne 06-27-15
    Ivonne 06-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A True Gem of a Novel"

    I read this story many decades ago and today I listened to the audio narrated by Donald Sutherland. Unlike the first time, it made a profound impression on me today as I appreciated it more. Maybe it is because I am on the water on my boat as I listened to each of Hemingway's descriptive words. Or, maybe it's because I am older. What I know is that the sound of Sutherland's voice brought the story to life. I was there when the old man set out to sea longing to catch a big fish. I felt the excruciating pain he felt when his hands were cut by the line, felt the heat of the sun on my neck, and the hunger pangs in my gut. I also felt the joy of victory when he caught the fish and when it finally lost it's struggle and died. And then the profound feeling defeat and sadness as the fish was devoured before his eyes. Tears ran down my cheeks when he landed on the shore and through the end. This is a true, timeless, masterpiece.

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    E. J. Murray scotland 06-15-15
    E. J. Murray scotland 06-15-15

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    "Great narration."

    It's a pity about Hemingway did not lead the lead live up to expectations. I suppose you could say I had great expectations

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    David WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ, United States 06-09-15
    David WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ, United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Spectacular reading and amazing story"

    Donald Sutherland was by far the best Reader that I have ever listened to. The book was every emotion wrapped up together.

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