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.
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This sits about in the middle of the road for me. I'm really not a fan of fiction, but this book pulled me in.
its on up there. its short but thats what you need after some epics.
the old man of course...there arent but a few other charaters total. He did a great job delivering hemimgways direct and spare prose.
no, but i will say listening to a fine recording of a classic some 20 something years after i first read the story was a great experience. im glad i was exposed to great literature in school, but its a different experience with a few more miles under my belt.
I would highly recommend this book. There is simply nothing like Donal Sutherland reading the classic novel about the old man Santiago. An exceptionally enjoyable listening experience. Rarely have I heard a performance so perfectly matched to the subject matter.
So moving, so elegant. This story will transport you. The simple beauty of this tale will have you in tears. Donald Sutherland does an EXCELLENT job with his narration.
This was one of Hemingways masterpieces and I couldn't think of a better reader than Donald Sutherland. His voice is great and his transitions from the old man to the boy to the narrator are masterful. Wonderful work !!!!!
The unconquerable spirit of man.......
Superb...One of the best I have heard on Audible and I have 80....He actually teaches one how to read this story....
More, Pretty Please :O)
This reading of The Old Man and the Sea ranks in the top quartile of books I've listened to. Of course the book itself is a classic, but Donald Sutherland's narration elevates it a notch or two. The smoky timbre of his voice and his understated delivery are a perfect match for Hemingway's laconic prose and its underlying depth. Listen to it in a distraction-free environment. You may also want to try completing it in one sitting -- it is about the length of a feature movie.
Just a simple story written by a master and narrated superbly. Hemingway wastes no words in his beautiful writing. Any writer today should study Hemingway's beautifully efficient use of words. Many or today's best selling books would be much shorter and much better.
While I'm a big fan of Ernest Hemingway, I was very disappointed by Donald Sutherland's narration. He spoke in a monotone throughout the entire book as if he read while trying to talk through a pillow. Yeah, I get that he was trying to betray the voice of an "Old Man", but is rendition was very boring. He sound as though he was extremely tired and out of breath throughout the entire book. And quite frankly, I became "tired" of listening to him.
Good question. I'm not sure. Stumbling across this unfortunate first, has caused me to select my audio books with a bit more caution. And while I do read the reviews before purchasing any audio book, (because at times they are extremely helpful), the reviews for "The Old Man and the Sea" was way off base. However, as they say "a person's perspective is their own reality". In this manner, I can't say I saw the same vision as the other satisfied listeners. Sorry, it just wasn't happening for me.
His voice was very monotone and did not have any variation. And at times I could not differentiate between when the boy was speaking versus the old man. I think I may have enjoyed the book better if I had read it in print myself. I love, love, love, Hemingway, so my standards are pretty high when someone takes on the task of reading his beautiful work. And Donald Sutherland with a voice like that, would have been great for reading bed time stories to children I'll give him that but, not to the mature adult crowd of the Hemingway followers.
The book was a classic! However, the narration ruined it for me. I couldn't bring myself to even finish listening. I had to fast forward the audio to the end of the book just to hear the ending, because it just didn't get there quick enough for me. It just draaaaaag along. (Caution! Do not listen to this audio while driving or operating any heavy machinery.) Redeeming qualities? Hmmm the metaphors were superb! Life vs. Nature and all that. ;)
My introduction to Hemingway guided by Sutherland's voice was an enjoyable experience .
I will be looking at more Hemingway , He seems to know his fishing .
I am fairly sure I got this for around $6 during a special or a "buy on get one free"
$11 is too much
It is really exciting to hear this being read, which allows more imagination that if I were reading it myself.
"I love Hemingway"
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.
Really well read, he really engaged me in the journey.
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.
Great story, but then it is Hemingway, so you knew that already.
"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.
"Ernest Hemingway keeping it real."
plenty of killing. I won't be going fishing anytime soon. Not without a speed boat, a fishing rod and a load of help.
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.
"Concise Moby Dick"
This book is beautifully read by Donald Sutherland. It's quite short, so you can listen to it over and over again!
"Amazing and beautiful"
I always wanted to read 'The Old Man and the Sea' by Hemingway, but I could never get into it. However, this audio book really brings it to life and helped me appreciate the beauty of Hemingway's work.
"really good food for the soul"
loved the story, I can see why it won an a award. the story is mellow, tender even. what a finish!
Great performance, great story, well worth a listen. Would recommend to a friend. Well done
Narrator exactly captured what I felt on first reading 50 years ago.Looking forward to more from Mr.Sutherland.Death in the Afternoon?
"Sutherland is very monotonous"
The reading of narrator Donald Sutherland is very monotonous. It is difficult to listen to a longer periods of time.
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