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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.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2007

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Beautifully sad and uplifting story.

Loved listening to Donald Sutherland. The story was beautiful. I felt like I was experiencing everything along side the Old Man.

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Great book, great voice

One of the best books, period, read by one of the greatest voices, again, period.

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Wonderful all around

excellent story, even better delivery, just a pleasure all around. the narrator was perfectly matched to a classic story that has tangible descriptions

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  • Steven
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States
  • 08-15-16

Listened in one sitting

A classic testimony to the strength of the human spirit and the loyalty of a young man to the fisherman who shared his knowledge. Excellent production and performance values. Nicely done Mr. Sutherland.

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Superb Read by Donald Sutherland

Would you consider the audio edition of The Old Man and the Sea to be better than the print version?

I read the book in college and although one of my favorite books of Hemingway I did not get the same emotions that I felt while listening to it. Sutherland does a great read and you feel like your in the boat with him.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Man and the Sea?

The old man's fight with the great Marlin

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

The old Man

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

Yes, actually took it from Car and finished in the house. Its only 2.5 hours long but riveting

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Exceptional tale! Alive and spitited.

This is a sit down and read-through book that is as alive as Earnest Hemingway's pen or typrwriter the days he wrote this story. A must read in the canon of American literature.

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His voice is beautiful, but never ....

His voice is beautiful, but never have a measured tones that always make me want to sleep...

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  • Rick
  • New York, USA
  • 07-22-16

Classic Comes to Life

This is one of my all time favorite novellas. I've read it and listened countless times. Donald Sutherland does a great job narrating it too.

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A defeat leads to a greater victory

An old fisherman down on his luck finds that redemption and solace can come through a boys friendship. This is a lesson he learns in spite of himself and because of a defeat bigger than he imagines possible. The independent pride of the old man is vanquished, but in its place is a larger victory when he accepts the fond care of a boy.

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grit

Donald Sutherland brings the perfect vocal edge to this classic piece of literature. quick listen to will be enjoyable again down the road.