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The Old Man and the Sea

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By: Donald Sutherland

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2006

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes


2007 Audie Award Finalist for Solo Narration—Male

Told in language of great simplicity and power, this story of courage and personal triumph remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works.

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.


  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of thematic material in this short book. Very inspiring how the man never gives up, but keeps fighting the elements with every resource he has. Excellent reading by Donald Sutherland. Highly recommend!

  • Sarel R

    Obviously an hour magnificent book. I loved the way Hemingway toyed with hidden meanings and truths about life.

  • Gerhard Marx

    I very much enjoyed this book. It is one of those that one can go back to many times and get a new insight each time.

  • James Gurule

    I loved this book! It is as much a story about an old man and a boy as it is about his battle with a fish. Donald Sutherland's narration was just as I imagine the character was intended to be, simple and unflappable. Highly recommend!

  • Nick Munn

    A great story, but a boring narrative.

  • Edward Kittrell

    I absolutely loved this book. There were moments in it that made me feel like I was there in the boat watching the turmoil. It was a good mental absorption for me.

  • 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.

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