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.
Moby Dick is a favorite book for several professional teachers. The book is everything that is wonderful about 19th century literature and more. Personally I think this book attempts to add itself to the dictionaries of American literature. Louis Menand indicated in the Metaphysical Club that America had 3 dictionaries at the time of the Civil War. The Bible, Homer, and Shakespeare inform a reader and the combination finds a mutual requirement for understanding and an idea of competence. Moby Dick moves within these dictionaries to add the new voice of Natural History. All these recognitions do not take away from a fun book and wonderful language. The narrator is celebrated and mourned for his achievements in voice. We are so lucky he tackled this book in the years he could work. The story has drama and has been filmed several times. Film only provides the basis of the surprise. This book is fun to read or in this case enjoy being read to by a great artist of voice.
I tried to read Moby Dick twice but the rambling nature of the text stalled and defeated me. Frank Muller's reading actually made Melville's rambles meaningful and carried the central thread of the plot along strongly in the midst of the diversions. This is a compelling story of revenge and greed and a interesting picture of the now defunct whaling industry that covered the globe with sailing ships manned by an odd mix of adventurers. This is the best way to enjoy what I now think is a classic novel.
I've already recommended this audiobook to lots of friends. The narrator is AMAZING. He makes every second come alive. I enjoyed all of this book so much more because I was able to focus on each aspect of Melville's story.
I haven't come across one on Audible or in reading - yet.
No. I'd like to.
Er...I can't, because Gregory Peck is no more.
Thanks to Audible for providing this classic and this amazing reading. Worth every penny of my subscription.
Quite some story!
No real favorite as each one had their own story told so well.
The Captain! - He really did get into the role
Yes! Took my time driving to work and back so that I could listen longer.
If you never had the time or inclination to read the book....then to listen is a great way to do it.