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The Old Man and the Sea

Unabridged Audiobook

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Narrated By: Donald Sutherland

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2006

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic

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 his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for literature.

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of "The Sun Also Rises and "A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction, who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella "The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.

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  • Meredith

    I had to read this story in the seventh grade and absolutely hated it -- a whole book about some old guy going fishing? Now, as an adult, I must say I appreciated it quite a bit more! As simple as the story seems, it's full of vivid detail and really very suspenseful. Hemingway's writing is beautiful here as well. His trademark tight style really suits the story; he seems to choose each word carefully and perfectly. I listened to the unabridged version narrated by Donald Sutherland, who has a lovely deep voice and read this story very nicely. If, like me, you had to suffer through classic literature at too young an age, here is one excellent opportunity to revisit it.

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  • Justus

    This remains one of the finest short novels ever written. The story is as simple and straightforward as Hemingway's prose. In this particular audiobook, the narration by Donald Sutherland adds both depth and poignancy. A superb listen that was over far too soon.

  • Anonymous

    A slow book, but a great story. Cleverly written.

  • Arlene

    The story of the old man and the amazing fish he caught was wonderful. The only negative was Donald Sutherland's boring, boring, boring reading of this brilliant book. There were moments that it felt as if he were dozing off, even in the thrilling fish catching moments. Overall I would recommend this audiobook.

  • DY

    My second favorite of Hemmingway (thus far). Short and poignant. Good existential foder about relationships, death and companionship. Definately worth the read.

  • Robert Hutton

    This story is Hemingway polished and refined to his finest talent. Like "Of Mice and Men" was for Steinbeck, this book is everything that was great about Hemingway the writer in a short and perfect story. No one should miss these classics.

  • C Anderson

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was wonderful. Very well written and read. I would reccomend this to anyone wanting to brush up on the classics.