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.
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!!!!
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.
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
Yes. This is among the very best pieces of American literature. This narration is first class; the voice fits the subject and the performer always has the appropriate rhythm and inflection.
The climax of the tale, when Ahab harpoons Moby Dick and the following narrative.
Although it is a novel, the entire book reminds of a Homeric long poem. Melville was also a poet and one can feel the cadences of the carefully selected wording
Being a tragedy, there is sadness; however, Melville skillfully includes some passages which are light.
This is as good a listen as any I have experienced. If you like American literature, you should love this reading.
I would listen to Moby Dick again to catch some of the dense philosophical concepts Melville described. I'm sure I missed some. I would read it again not just because I missed a few concepts but also because it's a wonderfully written book.
The memorable moments for me were the various metaphorical uses of life at sea as a whaler to spiritual life. That came as a surprise.
The most memorable character was Cptn Ahab. Wonderful internal dialog of a man hardened by solitude and haunted by revenge.
Besides the incredibly deep observations by the various characters, there were surprisingly funny quotes throughout.
Worth a download but there are many moments I had to slow down the narration speed. The writing style is dense and sometimes difficult to follow. Having a dictionary handy would be helpful.
The reader was great but there are major chunks of the book where the author goes into detail that doesn't need talking about like a whole chapter on just the whiteness of the whale.
Frank Muller was superb. I am so grateful to have him read me this long, tedious tale. He breathed life into an otherwise deadly dull story.