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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 Hemingway's power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

©1952 Ernest Hemingway (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

Critiques

  • Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2007

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  • Dave
  • 01/07/2008

Truly a Classic

Even though this is such a famous title, I had never read it before and really didn't know much about it. What a treat this audiobook was. For such a short story, it is surprising how strong the character development is. In no time, you feel a strong affinity for the 2 main non-finned characters. Donald Sutherland does an excellent job of narrating, with just the right amount of drama and accent. For much of the story, he was NOT the narrator, he WAS the "old man". One of my top 3 audiobooks, and I have a couple hundred.

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  • Ian
  • 13/08/2007

Buy it!

If you care at all about the English language you must use 2 1/2 hours of your time on the planet listening to this work. It is possibly the simplest scenario imaginable for a novel but is completed with style and economy which is what made Hemingway unique. The icing on the cake is that Sutherland's narration is nearly as exceptional as the book itself. Buy it!

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  • Nothing really matters
  • 31/07/2014

Lots of story in a small package

This is my favourite type of classic. It is an exciting and thoroughly believable story coupled with a great writing style and profound themes that really resonate. It`s full of action, suspense, hope, fear, love, caring, pride, humility, and insight. I was very impressed and my first thought when I finished the book was: `I have got to share this with my sons`.

I listened to this classic from start to finish uninterrupted on a long airplane flight. Doing that was a mistake, though. I was cheating myself. For a short book, there is a heck of a lot packed in and its messages are presented quite subtly. Without time to reflect on what I'd just read, I (rightly) suspected I'd missed quite a bit. So, the day after finishing it, I undertook a bit of research to see what themes I had missed. I`m glad I did and now have a much better appreciation of this fine novella. I suggest you do the same if you get a similar feeling when you finish it.

And --no surprise-- Donald Sutherland's narration is thoroughly enjoyable and worthy of this great book. At some points in the book it becomes mesmerizing.

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  • Jane
  • 18/06/2012

Pain of life and beauty of life.

I try to avoid sad books, but I’m glad for the experience. I cried.

The old man is a fisherman, lives in a shack. He’s had bad fishing luck for many days. Most the story is his fishing trip alone on a small boat. He struggles and faces obstacles without complaint. There is a dignity to him. I cried in the scenes with the boy. The boy knows the old man has no food. The old man says he will eat later. He does not ask for help. The boy brings food and they quietly eat it. The boy loved and cared for the old man with such respect and esteem. That really pushed my buttons. I’ve never been loved like that. It’s the way an ideal parent would love a child.

My two emotional reactions. I was sad to experience the old man’s struggles and pain, yet I was inspired and admired his determination and actions. Then I cried as I watched the love from the boy. A slight comfort came in the way one feels after crying.

This book was the catalyst for Hemingway winning the Nobel Prize which probably influenced me to give it 5 stars.

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Donald Sutherland was wonderful.

Genre: fiction.
Ending: Some comfort, but also sad.

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  • Kristen
  • 14/08/2007

great

I love Hemingway and hadn't taken the time to read this. Donald Sutherland's naration is wonderful and the story is too.

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  • Jeff
  • 13/09/2013

NARRATION KILLED IT

I know-but its Donald Sutherland you say- I thought he would do it justice too but it just didn't work at all for me, I read the book years ago and loved it,so I was really disappointed.- I even ended up listening to it twice because my son needed to read it. He just didn't fit the material-( as far as I'm concerned).As for the story, its great.

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  • Gary
  • 13/04/2012

Superbly read

Donald Sutherland's tired, smokey voice is perfect for this reading. You can almost feel the tired, aching old body. Loved it.

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  • Ron
  • 22/04/2009

Brilliant narration

A classic story brought to life by Sutherland's visceral tones. he does the book justice and I thoroughly enjoyed his skills as a story-teller. He actually became the old man!! Well done

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  • Sam
  • 07/01/2009

The Old Man & the Sea

A must buy! Narrated by Donald Sutherland, need I say more.

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  • Robert
  • 10/02/2008

Did not want it to end

Best book I have listened to in years. Narrator was awesome and fit the book perfectly. Should be required listening or reading for all students in school. To be able to write a story like this is a true gift and makes you appreciate what incredible author Hemmingway was.

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  • Steffen S.
  • 09/05/2018

Zurecht ein Stück Weltliteratur

Zum Buch braucht man wohl nichts zu sagen.

Einfühlsam gelesen. Und da ich mindestens 15 Wörter schreiben für letztere Message...

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  • I.D
  • 28/05/2017

Schöne Geschichte, miserabler Sprecher

Die Story ist natürlich ein Klassiker und erzählt eine wundervolle Geschichte über die Herausforderungen in unserem Leben ... aber die dumpfe und unklare Aussprache des Sprechers und sein Unvermögen verschiedene Charakter (und so viele gibt es nun wirklich nicht!) zu vertonen, machen es schwer, dieses Hörbuch zu empfehlen...

  • Global
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  • jumurdzsak
  • 21/10/2011

Schön

Ich habe schon lange vor gehabt, das Buch zu lesen, bin jedoch nie dazu gekommen. Jetzt endlich habe ich es mir als Hörbuch angehört. Die Geschichte ist im wesentlichen ein Monolog, der aber von Donald Sutherland auf sehr angenehme, einfühlsame Art gelesen wird. Ein großes Werk.

  • Global
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  • tomsteu
  • 25/09/2010

Nicht verpassen!

Wer es nicht gelesen hat, dem fehlt ein Stück Welt. So einfach ist das. Selten wurde Fallen und wieder Aufstehen so schön erzählt. Hemmingway verleiht Santiago den Schmerz der Welt - dieser Mann ist das Meer - und die Zuversicht und den Glauben eines Kindes.
Sutherlands Stimme kann nicht besser passen. Die Müdigkeit und die Schwere des Lebens klingen durch diese Person, genauso wie der Glaube an das Gute. Wer diesen Hemmingway Klassiker schätzt, wird dieses Hörbuch lieben.

  • Global
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  • L., Stefan
  • 13/04/2010

Passend zum Reclam-Buch

Dieses Hörbuch ist passgenau zum Reclam-Buch und daher sehr gut begleitend zum Lesen geeignet. Die Geschwindigkeit ist auch für forgeschrittene Anfänger geeignet.

Daher kann ich dieses Hörbuch sehr empfehlen.