It was a struggle to get through this book. 135 chapters, Moby Dick doesn't show up until chapter 133. That pretty much says it all. The reader did a really good job though.
Do you know the fate of Ishmael , capt ahab and his crew and the book warns of flcinfronting foes whom would rather swim away till they are pushed to their limit.
The authers vocabulary is exquisite, superior presentation by narrator.
The salty 'ol Captain.
I went down to the used book store and bought an older leather bound copy of this book for my rocking chair years.
Thoreau's Walden ("Reading") and Ayn Rand's introduction to The Fountainhead (25th anniversary edition) summarize my library well.
Moby-Dick is in my Top 3 favorite Audible titles I own. Muller's narration is exquisite, and plays perfect complement to the wide variety of characters aboard the Pequod and scenes inland and at sea. Excellent production quality as well.
I see how many could tire of all the technical and cetological detail, but I loved it. Mind you: there was no YouTube, no Wikipedia, not even National Geographic in Melville's time. All anyone knew of whalers was what they saw in an inland mess hall: scruffy men quietly hunched over their food. Melville takes you into their minds and hearts of the seafaring life more than any modern media today can, with a writing style that bucked the trend in the 19th century. All without an editor telling him there weren't enough sex scenes or that no one has the patience for 135 chapters. A masterpiece, indeed.
Wonderful performance by the narrator! Helped to glance through the physical book now and then so I could keep up with the different styles Melville used. Don't know why I had been putting off this book for most of my life but I am happy that I finally got around to it! It far exceeded my expectations!
Managet to get into it after a long while and really got a feel for it. The characters are amazing. Starbuck has to be my favorite when he faces Ahab's musket. And nothing compares to the old man's final words
I used my free book coupon code from a podcast to get Melville's Moby Dick. I too was reading through the reviews trying to decide if it really was good enough to spend 21hours of my life listening to. It is. The positive reviews are spot on and the negative reviews are off by a mile
Melville is a literary genius. His characters are fully developed with great descriptions of their idiosyncrasies. The writing is quite detailed, which is why many find it hard to read, but all of the details about towns, ships, industry, the sea etc have a purpose and contribute to the overall theme. Each sentence has been carefully crafted to paint a grand picture that conveys wonderfully small details in a grand epic story. It is certainly one of the best American Novels.
The reading performance is masterful. It has a great pace with a soothing voice. Not a single mistake that I could hear. The character voices are very believable and it was hard to believe that it was all one actor. The voices are not over the top, they all sound very natural. It sounds as though this book were written for the purpose of making an audio book.
I had a feeling Moby Dick would be a good book on tape. I was right. I was completely satisfied and impressed by this audiobook.
Do yourself and buy it. Buy it now.
The iconic voice of Ishmael in Moby Dick lends itself to a great audio experience. The tales he tells come alive when there is a voice beyond the page. The narrator chosen for this reading was compelling and made the listening experience entertaining and enjoyable.