The Old Man and the Boy

Narrated by: Norman Dietz
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
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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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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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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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Happy Memories

Wow! This made me laugh out loud and made my heart smile as I thought back on the “old men” in my life who poured wisdom & a love for the outdoors into me. I celebrated them with each chapter.

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Fantastic

Fabulous read about making the most of boyhood and becoming a man through everyday experiences in nature, guided by a thoughtful and interested grandfather. The writing, the philosophy, and the performance are all tops. Recommended to anyone trying to raise a boy or be a present grandfather.

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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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Must be listened to in context of time.

Heartwarming and loving relationship and adventure can be culturally offensive in not read remembering the in which it was lived.

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A nostalgic trip for appreciation of the outdoors

What is there not to like?! A grandfather shares life and outdoor skills with his grandson in a tender yet direct manner. You will re-live your own experiences from a special mentor and learn new ways to motivate youngsters in your life. And how important is that? We need to recruit and train the next generation of sportsmen and women starting with the young people in our lives. I grew up several decades after the time these stories are based and found them relevant. As a grandfather myself, I am finding the inspiration to use some of these sporting life's lessons with my grandchildren.
Be prepared for situations and language from the way some things used to be and reflect on the constructive change that has made today a better world. These stories are classic and should be presented as they have been.

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“It’s not like it used to be”, said the old man.

“But then, it never was.”
A joyful reminiscing of a boy’s growing up under the loving and firm tutelage of his experienced grandfather. I loved the author’s gratitude for grandfather’s wisdom and gradually increasing appreciation for the impact of his grandfather’s teaching on his life.
I’m only sorry we don’t have more of that kind of inter generational relationship today.

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Nostalgia

This book really hit home in regards to nostalgia. It was a very well wrote and well read book. It may have been the ability to relate to each story that made me enjoy it so much but I feel anyone with a heart for the outdoors will enjoy this book!

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I really loved this book

I really loved this book. It demonstrates the childhood I wish I had . It was easy to get lost in the story as if you were there .