NO, I will not ever read anything from Melville again, Frank Muller on the otherhand is great.
Yes, he is always wonderful.
Everyone exept Ahab and the Whale.
Dont waste three days of your life you will not ever get back.
Not a mainstream reader.
I'm not into classic movies and I don't like watching black and white shows and if its not in high definition, I have a hard time tuning in. When it comes to literature, there are some books that are truly timeless. Who would had thought that I would read "Moby-Dick." I really thought that it was some overgrown fish causing pirates on boats boosting their egos, trying to catch it.
Besides the whale, its kind of funny. Herman Melville had a subtle sense of humor that I really enjoyed. It's hard to explain to someone that hasn't read the book yet, but his humor in his characters shows in his work.
Anything performed by the late Frank Muller is a pleasure to listen to. As an avid audiobook listener, I first got introduced to the audio format by listening to Mr. Muller. In my ears, there is no one better than Frank. His narration was superb in anything that he read. It's very hard to replace his unique voice that others doesn't have.
Unlike television and film, I really enjoy reading books that were published way before my time.
I never would have imagined that the adventures of a group of whalers could be so eloquently relayed to a reader, but here's the book that does just that! Herman Melville's expression of even the simplest ideas are given with such incredible phrases that one has to sometimes rewind the narrative (I did, at least) in order to be sure they actually heard what their ears reported. His eloquent use of alliteration was of such spectacular skill that several scenes stood steadily in sight, stuff that easily brings a smile to to a serene listener's face.
We immediately are encountered by social dilemmas of racism and conflicting religious beliefs when Ishmael meets Queequeg for the first time. Fear is the first thing that Ishmael expresses, though he and Queequeg quickly become friends before they even head out on their voyage. On the ship, the existence of good and evil, even of a reigning deity, are examined as we hear of the history and beliefs of other shipmates. All in all, it's a diligent group of men who are either running from their lives on land or searching for something better than the lands from whence they came, even if it's something as simple as adventure.
Mr Frank Muller is an excellent narrator of the book and, though his accents for various characters are very subtle, they're still enough of a change to inform the listener that a new character is speaking, or that Ishmael's commentary has begun again. At times the narrative was so exciting and high-paced that I couldn't have understood what was being said without following along in my book, but, aside from that small glitch, the performance was fantastic. Mr Muller did a great job in delivering sometimes complicated phrases from an amazing author. Very well done, sir!
I got this audiobook because I felt I should read Moby Dick. It’s a classic, well-written with loads of symbolism. But its not a book to enjoy, I don’t think. There are sections which are interesting, and others which are endlessly didactic, and I felt trapped as an unwilling student who’s entered the wrong class and may not leave. Albeit that the lecturer is brilliant with an excellent presentation.
I abhor whaling, since as a child I was taken to a whaling station on a school trip. The blood and gore, shock and tragedy have remained with me the rest of my life. Modern extermination of whales and other sea life is even worse. It hurts to hear how these beautiful creatures are killed.
I feel ashamed at what we humans do. Imagine taking a substance from a magnificent animal’s brain, one we cannot as yet decipher but suspect it has to do with audio waves and echos, and then selling it for candle oil!?!*? Unthinkable. But sadly true.
Nevertheless, the personalities, characters and overall descriptions are a study in themselves, and the narration by Frank Muller is a joy to hear. I grew to appreciate his reading of this book. At the start I was under the impression that he hated it, and wanted to get it over with as fast as possible. Later, I realised he’s the perfect narrator.
In rating this classic, I’m considering its value as a literary gem, not my personal level of enjoyment.
The author should have focused on character development and dialogue appropriate for the characters.
Frank Muller did a good job with the material he had. He was consistent and clear with each character, so I was never confused as to which character was speaking.
I was bored most of the time.
The author spent so much time describing whaling as an industry that I thought the book was commissioned by a whaling association or the Chamber of Commerce of Nantucket. The majority of the book is about whaling and whales, leaving a minority of the book about the actual story and the characters. The character development is shallow.
The author, like Shakespeare, has a tremendous optimism about the articulation and eloquence of people from all walks of life, no matter the lack of education. Not only did this detract from good character development, but it bordered on the absurd when a ship's officer is trying to motivate the oarsmen during a whale hunt with a long, steady stream of similes and metaphors. It reminded me of a role playing game where super heroes and arch villains are encouraged to deliver paragraphs worth of taunting lines between blows in a furious fight.
If, like me, you are listening to classics to fill holes in your education, either skip this book or listen to an abridged version. Most of "Moby Dick" should be extracted and printed as a new "Dummies" book on whaling.
I am now more desperate than ever for George R. R. Martin to finish the next book in the series "Song of Ice and Fire".
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
It is interesting that Melville was not appreciated in his day - I'll bet his reputation was resurrected by academics who need suitable material for torturing students in American literature classes.
On the positive side, I love that Ishmael is a voice for cultural and racial acceptance and I even appreciate the seaman's-eye-view of life on a 19th century whaling ship.
I found the ad nauseum descriptions and dated lessons in marine biology more than a little tedious. The language Melville uses is interesting and challenging, but the real issue is his lack of self-restraint in the various tangents he takes.
You can't just say my reaction is the result of a modern attention span, because they didn't much appreciate it in his own time either.
A good editor! Melville goes on and on, in convoluted sentences with words strung together that don't really mean anything, and tortures the reader for 135 chapters (21 hours!) before offering up the climax in the last 200 words. My advice: pretend you're still a teenager in high school and read the first and last chapters and skip the rest -- and count yourself lucky!
Adequate -- I give him credit for tackling this behemoth of a novel, but I've heard better. Other reviewers raved about him so maybe my expectations were set too high, but ultimately I was left uninspired.
I listened to the bitter end just so I could say I had finished it and be able to complain about it.
I made it through high school and college without ever reading Moby Dick, but with all the references in pop culture I thought it would be a good one to add to my repertoire. What a disappointment! I thought it was awful, all the way through. The first paragraph is the best, then it goes downhill fast. I can't think of anything good to say about this book and I will never recommend it.
One of the top fiction works I've listened-to on Audible over the years.
Melville & Muller bring you through the exciting parts of the plot, and the intermingled encyclopedic parts about sailing, whaling & whales, without a hitch. When reading the book it is just far too easy to skip the encyclopedic parts even though the are a necessary part of the narrative fabric.
Very well read. Did not dip into artificial accents to depict the different characters. Something I have found annoying in other books.
This had already been a film, more than one. But no film could possibly do justice to this powerful & lengthy story.
Scientist, artisan, anachronism
Moby Dick: “they” say that you either love it or hate it. I love it. …. The foreboding sermon, the poetic prose, the facts and the lessons of the old whaling game.
I believe the ppl that hate the book have two reasons to: the lengthy factual descriptions of the ships, the whales and the job… the other is the graphic nature of some of the descriptions and the overall job (the stripping of the whale blubber for exmple). The loveable side of the book is the passionate heart of the characters, the detailed explanations of their convictions, - hansom or hideous, and such detailed depiction of the scenes and story that it takes you to the time and the place.
So the book is both beautifully written and passionately told but also occasionaly dry and perhaps to some overly factual. So we get the love or hate it response from those that read it. I like the historical side and the detailed information. There many lessons of the trade and the ship and the job and a lot to learn from the book. and there are vivid and passionate characters living in a fantastic and powerful story. There are many a lesson on the nature of the soul of men from all kinds of trade and temper.
What convinced me to “read” it, aside from the fact that it is one f the most heralded books of all time, is that I learned the story is based on several true experiences of both the author and some other ships of the trade in the time of the book. the author was employed on a whaling ship. He lived the life and learned the trade. He hear the stories. He traveled the world and he was tried by the times. He took all of this and made from it one of the greatest works of fiction human history has ever known.
So if you have an analytical mind and like to learn the scientific side of the story’s content AND you have a taste for deeply developed characters with complex natures and powerful emotions then this is for you. If you are not both then you may be able to live your life without the lengthy sailors yarn.
FAV quote: “better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian”
BTW- the movie version with Patrick Stewart is a wonderful rendition of the story. the actor playing Queequeg is just outstanding. His portray of the character was a perfect visual for me during the reading of this book (I saw the movie first, it put a face to each character)
Yes but after awhile
I took breaks
Now I know why I skim read the book before and miss so much. Melville goes in to great detail on the whaling, shipping, weather, pacific ocean, etc that was not great to read but was very good to hear over the head phones.