The Old Man and the Sea

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Narrator: Donald Sutherland
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: May 2006
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic

"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.

Reviews (15)

Written by Brandy D. on September 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Gary W. on October 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Old Man & the Sea

Written by Anonymous on August 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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!

Written by Sarel R on July 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Obviously an hour magnificent book. I loved the way Hemingway toyed with hidden meanings and truths about life.

Written by Gerhard Marx on March 6th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Written by James Gurule on February 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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!

The Old Man and the Sea

Written by Nick Munn on October 24th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A great story, but a boring narrative.

Written by Edward Kittrell on April 20th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Still Moving

Written by Justus on July 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

The Old man and the Sea

Written by Anonymous on September 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A slow book, but a great story. Cleverly written.

Author Details

Author Details

Hemingway, Ernest

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. Serving at the front, he was wounded, was decorated by the Italian Government, and spent considerable time in hospitals. After his return to the United States, he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspapers and was soon sent back to Europe to cover such events as the Greek Revolution.

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 (1926). Equally successful was A Farewell to Arms (1929), the study of an American ambulance officer's disillusionment in the war and his role as a deserter. Hemingway used his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background for his most ambitious novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Among his later works, the most outstanding is the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), the story of an old fisherman's journey, his long and lonely struggle with a fish and the sea, and his victory in defeat.

Hemingway - himself a great sportsman - liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters - tough, at times primitive people whose courage and honesty are set against the brutal ways of modern society, and who in this confrontation lose hope and faith. His straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement are particularly effective in his short stories, some of which are collected in Men Without Women (1927) and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938). Hemingway died in Idaho in 1961.