Written By: Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By: Donald Sutherland

Date: May 2006

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes


2007 Audie Award Finalist for Solo Narration—Male

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize*
“A beautiful tale, awash in the seasalt and sweat, bait and beer of the Havana coast. It tells a fundamental human truth: in a volatile world, from our first breath to our last wish, through triumphs and pitfalls both trivial and profound, what sustains us, ultimately, is hope.” —The Guardian

The last of his novels Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the most enduring works of American fiction. The story of a down-on-his-luck Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream—has been cherished by generations of readers.

Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of adversity and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic. First published in 1952, this hugely popular tale confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize in 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.

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  • Evelyn C.

    Loved this reading done so well by Donald Sutherland, whose voice and pace was perfect for the story. Great dialogue and thoughts and relationship by the fisherman and the boy.

  • Harry H.

    Another Hemingway slow read with missing ending... reminds me of The Sun Also Rises. Guess I will give up on him. Sutherlund was a delightful surprise.

  • Hannah T.

    Great listen for going on walks outside.

  • Scott C.

    Such an excellent book. No wonder it’s such a classic. Well narrated by Mr. Sutherland.

  • Brandy D.

    Donald Sutherland was a nice familiar voice on this book. The story is amazing, heartfelt, and hits home for those of us who have a soft spot for our elders and the old ways. Finished it quickly and mostly in one sitting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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