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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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    Gregory 12-12-16
    Gregory 12-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "My first E. Hemingway, really liked it..."

    Loved the even-toned story telling of D. Sutherland. Beautiful story I felt was about loneliness and masculinity. Needing love to feel fulfilled in life.

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    Zach Culp 11-29-16
    Zach Culp 11-29-16
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    The narrator was really good. The story itself didn't get good until the last 20 minutes/15 pages of the book.

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    documentarylady 11-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful."

    i loved this book. a beautifully written story. it is short and lovely - i read it entirely in the same time it took my family to go to a Pixar movie... Hemingway at his finest. i am cherishing every word!

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    Jeremiah 11-25-16
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    "Outstanding!!!"

    Excellent book. Hemingways best and Donald Sutherland was icing on the cake!! I felt like I was in the skiff with the Old Man!

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    msillers7 10-26-16
    msillers7 10-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic!"

    Such a great story and read by such a great artist! Thank you everyone for putting this together!

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    Gabriel Cain Elliott 10-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Donald is awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to The Old Man and the Sea the most enjoyable?

    My 11 year old boy and i listened to this, he didn't know who Donald Sutherland was. he's a fan now of both Donald and Hemingway!


    What does Donald Sutherland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his character


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    Nicole 09-16-16
    Nicole 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    no te metas con el furioso Tennessee 08-23-16
    no te metas con el furioso Tennessee 08-23-16 Listener Since 2005

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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
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 08-15-16 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "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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