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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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    Jan 09-21-15
    Jan 09-21-15
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    "Fisherman's Friend"

    Literal story was,well fishfilled. As for symbolic meanings hidden within the text very enriching and fresh. Donalds voice was a perfect choise as to me he sounds like my imaginary voice of Hemingway.

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    Jasmine Taylor 08-27-15
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    "Summer reading"

    The narrator did a good job. I struggled to finish this book but I pushed through as it was needed for summer reading.

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    Amazon Customer 08-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful"

    Donald Sutherland is the perfect voice for the fishermen. The editing could have been better done; sometimes it's far too quiet and you miss vocal nuances. Overall wonderful.

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    Amazon Customer United States 08-16-15
    Amazon Customer United States 08-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story telling, I see why it's a classic. I "

    It's a book about an old fisherman that's down on his luck. Which wouldn't normally interest me but the book isn't really about that at all. Like all the great classics, it's a book about the human condition and the struggles we face. It's a quick book and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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    Christine Pietzsch 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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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
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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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  • Andrew
    1/31/17
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    "A truly beautiful story"

    Perfectly matched to the rich voice of Donald Sutherland, this is a wonderfully detailed and incredibly moving narration of the old man and the sea. Hemingway's descriptive style is memorising.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1/5/17
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    "great reading of greater work"

    loved the reading. it put me right there in the skiff with the old man. get this you will not regret it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. Mcdermott
    10/16/16
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    "essential."

    incredible and compelling, heartbreaking and beautiful. Sutherland is magnificent in telling the classic the of an old man facing his beloved foe

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jimmmy
    8/5/16
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    "Spread as a curtain"

    Age experience resignation hope acceptance brotherhood are all masterfully crafted together by this genius author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs S Maure
    1/31/16
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    "Just wonderful...."

    The endurance and persistence of the human spirit, the injustice and brutality of life, facing mortality, take your pick! A classic, economically written and melodically and soothingly narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kieran McCormack
    1/4/15
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    "Emotional"

    Narrator exactly captured what I felt on first reading 50 years ago.Looking forward to more from Mr.Sutherland.Death in the Afternoon?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
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    9/27/14
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    "I love Hemingway"
    Where does The Old Man and the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only recently started getting into Hemingway, but this is my favourite book of his to date.
    I struggle paying attention to literature with audiobooks, but the length and pace of the book made this idea for me.


    What about Donald Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    Really well read, he really engaged me in the journey.


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

    Yes, and I would have if I had known in advance and picked a suitable time. Instead I was forced to put it down at several points and I found that I was always slowly approaching my final destination to hear a bit more.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, but then it is Hemingway, so you knew that already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Keighley, United Kingdom
    9/22/12
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    "A classic and it's clear why"

    I struggle to find time to read with two small children around but I listened to this in one sitting. Fantastic storytelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vera
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    4/18/12
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    "Sutherland is very monotonous"

    The reading of narrator Donald Sutherland is very monotonous. It is difficult to listen to a longer periods of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniele Di Carlo
    9/12/16
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    "Wonderful story but..."

    The story is marvellous, I like the way how Hemingway described every important details, it was like I was fishing with the old man.
    I like Sutherland the actor, but not the narrator. Too slow and sometimes I had problem to understand what he was saying.
    I don't think is Sutherland fault but often the audio was loud and than normal, very annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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