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Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Donald Sutherland Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780743565134

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2007 Audie Award Finalist for Solo Narration—Male

Told in his famed powerful and minimalist prose, 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, 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, on the water for months without a catch, but refusing to stop trying.

Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the timeless theme of courage and commitment in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his talent and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Quotes

  • “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

Awards

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

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The soft, deep voice of Sutherland really intoxicates me! "

    - Joey, 6/22/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a relatively short book. It was culturally interesting to thinking about the island culture and life of the characters involved. The story itself. Sutherland does an excellent job reading the story as one would expect. It is a relatively short book and does not seem to take to much time. I did not find it compelling as a "classic". I thought it was over-rated, but gave it 5 stars anyway for those Hemingway fans who are looking for a good narration. I agree with another reviewer that the end seems a little anti-climatic, but disagree with those who say it is a cautionary tale about pride. It is about an old man who is past his prime and down on his luck who isn't really better off in the end than in the beginning. However, it does illustrate an old way of life and the type of hard work and dignity of those who live it. "

    - Excellent Reading, 1/8/2022
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Joe, 5/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Rick, 5/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Peter, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I was on my feet the entire time. "

    - Karina, 5/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I don't like the ending of this book. I stayed with the old man, rooting for him , believing in him and at the end I was so sad. "

    - Clara, 5/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " La belleza de esta historia esta no solo en la simplicidad de la historia, un viejo pescador buscando su sustento y peleando por el, contra el y defendiendolo, tambien esta en la simpleza de la narración, una historia sencilla, una narración sencilla, una gran obra. "

    - Jose, 5/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Adore Hemingways simple yet meaningful language. "

    - Meghan, 5/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I actually listened to this as an audio book. It was read by Donald Sutherland in a very monotone voice, but I really enjoyed it. It gave it the feeling of the sea and the hard work that the old man did. It's a classic and I really enjoyed it. "

    - Candice, 5/15/2011

About the Author

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

Timothy B. Shutt teaches at Kenyon College in the integrated program in the humane studies department.