I haven't finished completely but this has been so good. This is my first audiobook and I have been reading along because I love the book so much. Everyone should listen!
I have been wanting to "read" Moby Dick for some time, but just haven't had the time. Audio is a great way to experiance this classic. Frank Muller made this book come alive...and that is hard to do, because a reader can get bogged down in some of the natural history chapters...but not Muller...I absorbed every bit of it!!!!
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
"Call me Ishmael" - with this bold beginning the book thunders along.
Half adventure story about madness and revenge as the Pequod and her crew follow Captain Ahab into hell. The other half is a fascinating chronicle of whaling, the history and industry in the early to mid-1800s. The counterpoint of these two parts builds the suspense until the crew finally finds Ahab's nemesis - Moby Dick.
Frank Muller's narration was fabulous. I am absolutely smitten.
Yes b/c I enjoy this book and love Frank Muller.
Queequeg. Although considered a savage, he is one of the most civil, faithful and honorable men encountered in the story.
I have yet to be disappointed by Mr. Muller, but this was one of his most captivating performances to me.
Nope. The Huston version with Gregory Peck was ok, but the 2010...the horror.
The only reason I gave it 3 stars overall is b/c of the recording value. I was disappointed by the many skips it had; it was like listening to a scratched CD. At one point there was even a sound like it had been dubbed or something.
Muller, with inflection and intonation, is able to take the oft-complex syntax and clarify it. Sentences that I would have had to read and re-read are clear in a single pass with Muller.
No experience, but I have selected Muller's readings for other books whenever the option exists; sad, the premature end to his life.
Read Nathaniel Philbrick's "Why Read Moby Dick" before reading Melville. It is not essential, but Philbrick knows this book so well, he can help to guide a careful, critical reading of the text.
I'd been avoiding this whale for forty years, but finally decided to tag along with Ahab, Ishmael et al. The voyage was definitely worth taking. In fact, this comes close to five stars but for some of the pacing, which can occasionally feel tedious. What works well is Melville's soaring, poetic language, the grand conceit of the overwhelming metaphor and allegory, and the way one comes, at last, to know and care about the characters. What works unexpectedly well is that though there is very little story in long stretches, just an extended textbook on whaling, Melville holds the reader's interest through his evident passion and apt phrasing. What didn't work quite so well for me was the length of textbook passages, void of plot or characters. It truly felt deserving of extensive footnotes and bibliography. In the meantime many of the characters remain frustratingly under-developed, however deliberate this may have been. But patience is rewarded when Melville finally does get back to plot and characters, because the reader has gained perspective. The action sequences at the end of the book seem to fly by, and Melville unfolds doom in hauntingly powerful language. This is undoubtably a great book. .A note on editions: I read the Feedbooks ebook, the Collectors Library hardcover, and the Audible version read by Frank Muller. All were excellent, and I definitely recommend Muller's reading.
It is up near the top of my list, I would read it again.
I enjoyed the depth and complexity of the story.
Well, he reads it to you which is always a plus!
No laughing or crying, just got swept away by the story.
No more Herman Melville books.
Just tell the tale of chasing Moby Dick and forget all the other stuff.
The tale of Moby Dick is interesting, but Melville gets sidetracked on so many unrelated topics (all different types of whales, the sermon about Jonah, types of boats, etc.) that it got extremely boring. Finally, I started skipping all the digressions.
The narrater needed to find the right cadence with this book. Most often the reading was way too fast for the text, which can be very lyrical if you let it breath. The performance is very understandable and therefore passable - but you miss much of the beauty of the writing.
Excellent all around -great spoken word
There is no comparison-the book operates on so many levels
ahab had a brooding evil quality
Yes but it is long
Timeless and thought provoking