The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

Audiobook CD - 2006
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Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning classicThe Old Man and the Seais 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 Hemingwaydid 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 ofThe Sun Also RisesandA Farewell to Armsimmediately 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 novelFor Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novellaThe Old Man and the Seawon the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2006
ISBN: 9780743564366
0743564367
Branch Call Number: CD BK HEM
Characteristics: 3 sound discs (ca. 3 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Sutherland, Donald 1935-

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Jun 02, 2016

Epic tale of struggle and survival told in classic manly Hemingway fashion. Very well read: I listen in 1.5X which allows me to listen to more audio and actually enhances the experience for me as it does require concentration and you do not lose content from a mind wandering.

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Nov 09, 2015

A very good (but not quite a Great) book. The layers of symbolism and themes in their sequences a interactions and developments make it like a little literary symphony. The printed version is better than this audio recording: the reader is way too evenly paced and monotone, it sounds like he's falling asleep. The work merits a re-recording with a better narrator.

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paisano
Jul 21, 2015

A classic. Nice to re-visit this story after all these years. I also thought Donald Sutherland did an outstanding job in his reading of this story, Hemingway would have raised his glass to his performance!!!

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DarylW
Feb 21, 2014

On another forum entirely, someone who reviewed this audiobook was highly critical of Donald Sutherland's performance. The reviewer had suggested that the reading was lacklustre and that Sutherland had sort of "phoned it in".

I disagreed and so decided to write this comment to encourage audiobook lovers to give it a try.

In my view, Sutherland read the novella with great reverence. As I listened to his enunciation, I felt like I was watching him act on screen. The story itself is moving but I found Sutherland's reading of it to be especially so.

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