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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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    Gene Wengert 03-23-13
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    "As awesome as ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is really exciting to hear this being read, which allows more imagination that if I were reading it myself.


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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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    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.......

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-23-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Timeless classic"

    This is a very good story, which was well written. Hemingway does a great job in keeping his writing simple and to the point and as a result it's easy to understand and follow. Sutherland also does a terric job with the narration making this audio book version twice as good. Definitely worth a few hours of your time to listen to a classic piece of literature that has and will continue to stand the test of time!

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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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