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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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classic i waited way to long to enjoy.

I loved the story after having spent time fishing marlins in Costa Rica, well read by Mr Sutherland

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Excellent story

I was there the whole time. So very colorful. great reader. Wow. What a journey.

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Just get it, read it, listen to it either or both.

Would you listen to The Old Man and the Sea again? Why?

I've read it several time and listened to it and will do both again many times I'm sure.

Any additional comments?

Just get it, read it, listen to it either or both.

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Utterly Beautiful

Donald Sutherland wondersjob captivating you in this amazingly written novel. Truly one of Hemingway's masterworks.

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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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Average

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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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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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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Classic!

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

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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