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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

Summary:

2007 Audie Award Finalist for Solo Narration—Male

Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved and popular novel ever, with millions of copies sold—now featuring early drafts and supplementary material as well as a personal foreword by the only living son of the author, Patrick Hemingway, and an introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway.

The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. 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.

Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novel confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Gary W.

    We really enjoyed these few days with an old fisherman. Such a vivid description of the physical adventure, and also the amusing, insightful rollercoaster of an old man's thoughts. Well read by Donald Sutherland.

  • 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.

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