I find myself returning to this book every year or two. The more I reread (re-listen to) it, the better it gets. The first time through was a real slog, and I couldn't understand the appeal. There's just so much detail, and Melville doesn't go out of his way to explain how it fits together. Over time, I started to see larger patterns, and see how the work is pondering larger questions. At the same time, as the book seemed less like a disjointed collection of seemingly unrelated meanderings, I found myself able to appreciate the beauty of the writing itself. Many of the sentences are like tiny poems. And the more the book opens, the funnier it gets too, a tragic sort of funny as one also finds in Shakespeare.
The reader does a wonderful job, doing much to make it easier to hear the humor, feel the anguish and the drama, and to imagine the action.
Don't expect a lot of scenes of action. There are some, and they are cinematic. However, most of the book is more psychological, philosophical, politico-theoretical, and perhaps theological.
I wanted to listen to this version. Unfortunately, the performers breathing pattern distracted me so much that I turned it off and used another version. I was too late to have it returned. So I still have access to it.
Great voice, but his breathing seemed timed, manic, and extremely distracting. As if he were rushing the words or nervous, therefore timing his breaths.
Finally got around to reading Moby Dick. Learned so much about whales, whale boats, the whaling industry in the 1800's, etc. The obsessive pursuit of Moby Dick was the storyline throughout but didn't culminate until the last few chapters. The rest of the book was chocked full of whaling information. The dialogs and descriptions were quite witty at times and the narration was outstanding!!
It started with about 3 hours of first person narrative, then 16 hours of needless lecturing by a third person omniscient but ending with 3 hours of a decent story. Those 16 hours could be skipped and the reader would almost certainly view the ending the same as after reading the entire novel.
His writing does have a pleasant poetic feel to it, so I would if it was half as long
'Tis the journey which educates the mind, not the destination.
15 chapters of storyline... 125 chapters of whaling history. I expected a stronger literary presence of the characters.
I Love To Lean!!! And Audible Helps me do that. My favorite books are classics and biographies, but I like to explore other options as well.
Moby Dick is one of those books that you feel like you have to read at some point in your life. It has worked its way into culture just enough to be a book you'd like to be able to converse about. For those reasons it was worth listening to for me. The middle of the book gets slow when Melville goes into a history of whales and whaling, but overall the book is unique in its writing style and story and is a classic story worth knowing.
This has got to be one of the most tedious, over-descriptive, slow-moving books ever. If it had been edited and published today, it would probably be 80% shorter.
The story is actually a good one, and the narrator is superb, but the plot line gets lost in endless digressions that really tried my patience and perseverance.
NO. It was very boring. I got the symbolism and I learned way more than the average person needs to know about whales, whaling rope, whale tongues, whale jaws.......well, you get the picture.
The ending was surprising, I definitely wasn't expecting that.
I guess my favorite scene was when Ishmael first realized who the captain was and what he wanted above all else.
No. It has been recommended often. I understand why it is a classic. It was well written and full of symbolism, but in my opinion about a third of it could have been left out and it still would have been an amazing story.
I am glad I can say I read it. I am working on the classics. I just want to add that if you are trying to read the classics, read Uncle Tom's Cabin, Wuthering Heights, Catcher in the Rye, or The Grapes of Wrath before this one.
This is not one book but three interspersed with each other. The first book, and the one that everyone wants, is the story of Ahab and the whale. The second is a collection of facts and maybe rumors about various whales, and is of some value but mostly not needed to support the story. The third is probably best described as philosophy of which very little supports the story.
So if the story of Ahab and the whale were to be pulled out this would be worth 4.5 stars or better. Bundle it with the whale facts book and it drops it to maybe 4 stars. Leave it as is and it's about 3 stars.