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The Old Man and the Boy

Narrated by: Norman Dietz
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

This classic captures the endearing relationship between a man and his grandson as they fish and hunt the lakes and woods of North Carolina. All the while the Old Man acts as teacher and guide, passing on his wisdom and life experiences to the boy, who listens in rapt fascination.

©1957 Robert C. Ruark (P)2017 Tantor

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Wonderful Listen

It’s been a while since I listened, about a year, so since I know I loved. It so much, I can listen again. A lovely and well written book about growing up the way every child should be able to. Great read for nature lovers. Performance unbelievable.

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Simply the best

Quite possibly the best book ever written about growing up. Aside from the hunting and fishing stories, the life lessons are fantastic

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  • JG
  • 02-11-19

A double barrel adventure

The best account of living in Brunswick county, NC before anyone realized it was a nice place with outdoor pursuits galore. Gentlemen living, shooting, and fishing guide for the South.

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A great narration for a wonderful story

The Old Man and the Boy is a book that has somehow become a family tradition. Growing up in North Carolina, it is fascinating to hear the history told through the characters. This book is more than hunting and fishing stories. It is about the impact a grandfather had on his grandson.

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Glad to see this Classic on Audible

This has long been my favorite book, and it's great to see that a new recording of it has been made. The performance is mostly good. The narrator uses a little bit of a monotone, and mispronounciations of place names like Kure Beach and fish names, such as the way he says "menhaden", slightly distract from the story, but overall it is well done. I only hope they are working on the companion book "The Old Man's Boy Grows Older."

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Solid

Excellent rendition of one of my all time favorite books. Hope the sequel makes it to Audible as well.

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great story

this story really reminds me of my grandpa when I was young and growing up.

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Fantastic read!

Having owned a house in Southport NC for several years now It was cool to find out that this is where Mr. Ruark's grandfather lived, bringing new life to an already awesome book! I've also listened to several other books read by Norman Dietz and like what he adds to the story.

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AWESOME read!

I read this book as a teenager. it's still just as good. I recommend this book to everyone, especially those who like reading about hunting, fishing and life.

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  • Julie
  • Savage, MN, United States
  • 11-13-17

Lost Days

This book is a treasure. Though it takes place in the '20s, I lived similar experiences in the 50s outside Jackson, Tennessee. Looking forward to more audiobooks from Robert Ryan like "Somehing of Value" and "Uhuru". Enjoy.