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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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    Ryan 06-22-16
    Ryan 06-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect"

    This is the perfect reader for one of the GREATEST stories of all time.

    If it wasn't for work I would have finished it in a single sitting.

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    Janet 06-19-16
    Janet 06-19-16
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    "Beautiful Story!"

    A wonderful story that goes so much further beyond just a fishing tale but a story of life itself. Sutherland is impeccable!

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    Emily Riggs 06-16-16
    Emily Riggs 06-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing !"

    Loved everything about this this book. Sutherland is a perfect choice got this one. Pronounces the Cuban words perfectly. The story of Santiago is sad and sweet.

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    Roger 06-09-16
    Roger 06-09-16
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    "magnificent story told by a golden throated actor"

    When I saw that Donald Sutherland was narrating this masterpiece, I had to hear it. I was not disappointed.

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    Cary 06-01-16
    Cary 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Importance of Never Giving Up"

    Santiago offers a glimpse of of how to act as a man. He does not dwell on what has happened to him but stays in the moment, reacting to each setback. Always thinking. Always planning ahead.
    This is a wonderful novel and very well read by Sutherland.

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    Whittaker Chambers Baltimore, MD 05-25-16
    Whittaker Chambers Baltimore, MD 05-25-16 Member Since 2017

    Writer, journalist and translator of the Romance and Russian languages. Recently a farmer in Maryland.

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    "Captivating story"

    A great short story by Hemingway. Donald Sutherland is perfect, wish he would do more audiobooks.

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    Lori Capestrani 01-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So boring"

    I don't know how thinks is a good story except for my teacher I was bored to death through the whole story

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    cyberbullet 01-11-16
    cyberbullet 01-11-16
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    "Hemingway delivers"

    The voice actor was fenominal. the story was captivating. I highly recommend this audio book

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    lucy spencer 01-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing!"

    Can't believe I waited so long to read this book! But after reading so many other brilliant books by extraordinary writers, makes me appreciate such a beautiful poignant book that kept me 'in the bow of the boat' wanting to lend a hand.. The writing is so beautiful and having it read by Donald Sutherland was perfect! I loved this book and the way he called the fish his brothers and how the sea is like a woman and the moon! And I loved the way we heard him reason each moment of his time! And how I would love to visit Havana Cuba

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    LucyTweet 12-28-15
    LucyTweet 12-28-15

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    "Wonderful!"

    Loved it, as always. A real treat to read or listen to. Have to read more of his works.

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