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The Old Man and the Sea Audiobook

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4.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 5 4.42 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Donald Sutherland Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best story Hemingway has written...No page of this beautiful masterwork could have been done better or differently.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A miracle tale, told with such passionate belief that the reader, too, believes. There’s adventure here and Hemingway’s old gift for merging drama and tenderness gives it a rare charm.

    Kirkus Review

  • “A short tale magnificently told…Hemingway is still a great writer, with the strength and craft and courage to go far out, and perhaps even far down, for the truly big ones.” 

    New York Times

  • Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A 2007 Audie Award Finalist for Best Solo Male Narration
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Joe | 5/24/2011

    " Only Hemmingway can write a story about an old man fishing by himself and make it interesting enough to finish... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Rick | 5/20/2011

    " Pound for pound maybe the best ever... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Peter | 5/19/2011

    " This was the first book of Hemingway's I read. For some reason, maybe because it was simple to read, I got into it. If you do not read a lot its a good place to start.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Karina | 5/18/2011

    " I was on my feet the entire time. "

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About the Author
Author Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), born in Oak Park, Illinois, started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City at the age of seventeen. After the United States entered the First World War, he joined a volunteer ambulance unit in the Italian army. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers. During the twenties, Hemingway became a member of the group of expatriate Americans in Paris, which he described in his first important work, The Sun Also Rises. He also wrote Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea, the story of an old fisherman’s journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat. He also wrote short stories that are collected in Men Without Women and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories. Hemingway died in Idaho in 1961.

About the Narrator

Donald Sutherland is a prolific and versatile Canadian-born actor of film and television. Some of his best-known movie roles included offbeat warriors in popular war movies such as The Dirty Dozen, MASH, and Kelly’s Heroes, as well as characters in other popular films such as Klute, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, JFK, Ordinary People, and more recently The Hunger Games as President Snow. For his audiobook narrations, he has earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best male solo narration. His voice work also includes the movies Jock the Hero Dog and Lord of War. His other awards include a Primetime Emmy, two Golden Globe awards, and several international film festival awards. In 2011, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.