• The Old Man and the Boy

  • By: Robert Ruark
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (379 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This classic captures the endearing relationship between a man and his grandson as they fish and hunt the lakes and woods of North Carolina. All the while the Old Man acts as teacher and guide, passing on his wisdom and life experiences to the boy, who listens in rapt fascination.

©1957 Robert C. Ruark (P)2017 Tantor

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Glad to see this Classic on Audible

This has long been my favorite book, and it's great to see that a new recording of it has been made. The performance is mostly good. The narrator uses a little bit of a monotone, and mispronounciations of place names like Kure Beach and fish names, such as the way he says "menhaden", slightly distract from the story, but overall it is well done. I only hope they are working on the companion book "The Old Man's Boy Grows Older."

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Wonderful Listen

It’s been a while since I listened, about a year, so since I know I loved. It so much, I can listen again. A lovely and well written book about growing up the way every child should be able to. Great read for nature lovers. Performance unbelievable.

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STITCH IN TIME

One is in at least two minds in listening to “The Old Man and the Boy”.  On the one hand, a listener is fascinated and learns a great deal about hunting and fishing.  On the other, one sees how a young intelligent boy is influenced in good and bad ways by people he knows and the environment in which he lives.

This is an entertaining, period piece story.  It offers insights to hunting and fishing to anyone who has done or wishes to truly experience the great outdoors.  It is a book of its time that reflects a reality of what it was like to live in rural North Carolina in the 1920s.

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Shared a lost way of living-shared the importance of family.

A period book that wraps the importance of teaching a child how to be an adult with the emphasis of the power of honesty , character and appreciation.

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One of my most favorite books of all time

From the opening chapter to the very last sentence, this book is encoded with more old fashioned “feels” than any other ever written. There are so many books in the world. Most we’ll never read. I’m glad God didn’t let me miss out on this one.

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A much needed example of mentoring: TIME WELL INVESTED

I really enjoyed this book
I wish more men were instilling values and time into young men and boys today
There is no substitute for mentoring man to boy and in my opinion that is why we have a lot of the issues that we have today

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Happy Memories

Wow! This made me laugh out loud and made my heart smile as I thought back on the “old men” in my life who poured wisdom & a love for the outdoors into me. I celebrated them with each chapter.

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Fantastic Read

Great book! If you enjoy stories about hunting and fishing, you'll love this book. The reader made you feel like you were there. 👍

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Fantastic

Fabulous read about making the most of boyhood and becoming a man through everyday experiences in nature, guided by a thoughtful and interested grandfather. The writing, the philosophy, and the performance are all tops. Recommended to anyone trying to raise a boy or be a present grandfather.

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A double barrel adventure

The best account of living in Brunswick county, NC before anyone realized it was a nice place with outdoor pursuits galore. Gentlemen living, shooting, and fishing guide for the South.

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