Jun 242013


The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Narrated By Frank Muller
Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
Unabridged edition (May 1, 2006)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway’s magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. In a perfectly crafted story, which won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man’s challenge to the elements in which he lives.

I’ve wanted to read this forever, but never got around to it. It’s my first Hemingway, and I was more than a little bit surprised at how much I liked it.

I absolutely love the character of  Santiago. He’s old Cuban fisherman who is struggling to survive. He’s set in his ways and very determined, and  also very attentive to the things and people around him. Even though he’d gone a long time with no catch, he made up his mind that he was going to catch a HUGE fish.

He heads out to sea, all alone, and finally he feels the tug of what he thinks is a big fish. But this is much more than just a big fish, it’s a huge Marlin,  and he is determined to reel it in.

The book is not just a story about an old man who goes fishing, it’s about believing in yourself and not giving up.

Part of it was very sad to me. It completely through me for a loop because I had no idea about that part of the story. But, thinking about it, it makes sense, and made the story more real.

The writing was so descriptive that I was there with Santiago every step of the way, and the narrator did a great job!

I haven’t listened to an audiobook for very long time that had a narrator that didn’t grate on my nerves. Then I listened to the  narrator of this audiobook, Frank Muller (I was sad to learn while listening to this that he is no longer with us) and he did an awesome job! His voice was so smooth and calm, that it didn’t distract from the story. The different voices sounded like different people, but didn’t sound like he was trying too hard to sound different, which to me is one of the problems I’ve had with listening to most audiobooks. When a narrator tries to hard, the different voices sound ridiculous.

I will be reading more from this author, and listening to more from this narrator and would recommend both to anyone and everyone.

  9 Responses to “Audiobook Review:
The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway”

  1. I read this a long time ago and remember it still. Too bad Hemingway as an old man gave up in the end…

  2. I too read this a very long time ago. I have not “listened” to books well, so I may just give this one a go, since you recommend it so highly. thanks.

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  5. So glad you enjoyed this one audio!

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  8. Hi Vicki,

    Hemingway is another of those ‘classic’ authors, I have been meaning to read for ever, yet have somehow never got around to. Many of my contemporaries had Hemingway as part of their required reading for school English Literature exams, however my own class read someone completely different, although I can’t quite remember who. I can recall ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell and ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller, but it was such a long time ago and the other couple of names and books escape me completely.

    I would definitely have to read this book though, as I never listen to audiobooks. I don’t enjoy being read to, I can’t stand to wear ear pieces of any description and I hate listening to a single narrator attempting to speak multiple character parts.

    Even if you haven’t made me want to rush out and buy this book, you have brought back some fond memories of school days which I enjoyed so much, although I wouldn’t ever want to swap places with a youngster today!


  9. I must admit that I have read only Hemingway’s short stories, although I have a set of his novels. One day!

    Interesting to hear your reaction to audio. I have so far tried only one, which was a decent experience. However, I kept wanting to flip back to earlier pages to remind myself of details. Moreover, the audio version took me far longer to get through then a print copy. Maybe with a shorter book like Old Man and the Sea, audio would better engage me.

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