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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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    rick ewart 03-02-15
    rick ewart 03-02-15
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    "I became The Old Man and I tasted the Sea"

    A vivid portrayal by a legend who lived it! Thank You very very much! Ian Richie Stewart key west florida

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    Anders Risager 02-02-15

    I listen til about a book a month, sometimes more, sometimes less... great for commuting

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    "First time experiencing Hemingway, loved it!"

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I loved the way the author played with the words and my feelings..

    A true story of grit and determination.

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    Henry Debardeleben Marlborough, MA 01-23-15
    Henry Debardeleben Marlborough, MA 01-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "A timeless classic by one of the all-time masters"

    Hemingway is truly one of the all-time masters of the written word. With Donald Sutherland as the narrator of the story it really comes to life.

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    John Valenzuela Ann Arbor, MI USA 01-19-15
    John Valenzuela Ann Arbor, MI USA 01-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "The story comes alive"
    What made the experience of listening to The Old Man and the Sea the most enjoyable?

    The narrator really makes the story come alive, and the story itself is a Hemingway staple. The story is one of perseverence in the face of extraordinary challenges.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Santiago.


    Which character – as performed by Donald Sutherland – was your favorite?

    Santiago.


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

    no.


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    Armando 01-07-15
    Armando 01-07-15
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    "This story is a nice kickback story tolisten to."

    This story is exactly what the tittle infers
    Just more interesting . Plus it has some moments whether or not he will survive

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    Elizabeth 11-05-14
    Elizabeth 11-05-14
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    "amazing"
    Would you listen to The Old Man and the Sea again? Why?

    I want to cry. I cannot believe the sharks ate his fish. So sad.


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

    yes. I did.


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    Eric St. Pierre 09-08-14
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    "A True Classic"
    Where does The Old Man and the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the three I have listened to, this is by far the best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Old Man obviously. His struggle was real and affecting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the first shark was spotted. I felt a pit in my stomach is it was obvious where the tale was next heading.


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

    Don't see this. Read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Simplicity seems to be the chief goal of this short story and it pulls it off in spades. The underdog premise is so genuine that we, the audience, cannot help but route for our protagonist as he struggles both mentally and physically to prove himself useful once again. It's a tried and true character arc that is both mesmerizing and ultimately heart-wrenching.

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    Jennifer 07-28-14
    Jennifer 07-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Old Man and the Sea the most enjoyable?

    I am just now catching up on the classics. What can I say about this that has already been said? Great read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The brevity - a powerful message in a short time.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I like Donal Sutherland the actor, but he has a low, deep, quiet voice and sometimes it was hard to heard his narration even with the volume turned up loud.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the sharks started eating the marlin. Heart just sank.


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    Rhona 04-18-14
    Rhona 04-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic brilliance"
    What did you love best about The Old Man and the Sea?

    Fabulous characters in a great story - it really felt as though you were there with the old man in the boat at sea.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The old man - he had such an acceptance of what life had given to him and remained positive despite that.


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

    I haven't listened to Donald Sutherland book reading before, but would certainly choose another book with him as narrator. Found him very easy to listen to.


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    Poya 04-06-14
    Poya 04-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i don't think its for today generation, its too slow and the outcome is clear.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Hemingway again?

    i don't think i will listen to Ernest, i heard a lot about this book but its not for this time anymore, there are much better writers today. with further more exciting stories.

    don't get me wrong he is a grate writer, but i my opinion not for today.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Donald Sutherland’s performances?

    the performance was very boring and slow, i appreciate the effort but this is not for me.


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