Because of this brilliant recording, Moby-Dick is one of my favorite novels. Ishmael presents his whale-of-a-tale as the most epic fishing story of al time, but it is as profound as the very ocean itself.
I love Ishmael's narrative voice. He has the eye of a poet and presents his observations of the world in beautifully crafted passages, like tiny vivid paintings. During the mountainous hike to the story's climax, each chapter is hung with the sparkling ornaments of Ishmael's experiences. Moby-Dick was quite ahead of its time, is a highly sophisticated novel, and this is probably why it was not popular when it was first published.
Muller's performance was marvelous. Now when I return to this recording, I can't help but smile at the sound of his voice as he assumes Ishmael's character and reads the famous opening lines. I got this recording for an Am. Lit. class, and I am still convinced that I was the only one in the class who got through the entirety of the novel and this is all thanks to Muller's brilliant recording.
No, Moby-Dick cannot be consumed all at once. You need time to reflect on it. It gets quite heavy at parts, and Muller's narration helps carry you through the tougher sections.
Loved this recording. It was worth every minute. A friend recommended it to me and in turn I have lent access to it to three other friends who have all been equally captivated.
When I started listening I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. But I got into the poetry and loved the book. If you want fast action this is not the book for you.
Moby Dick: An overly exhaustive exploration of 19th century whaling with an interesting short story about a man and a white whale presented serialized within a mass of unnecessary words of cetacean proportions. Saved only by the many double entendres around the word sperm.
Narration was excellent but author deviates to long philosophical, religious, political and personal rants as well as extreme explanations and ameture biology lectures. so that the actual narrative is less than 10% of the whole thing
the narrator was very good. the plot excellent, but the detailed whaling sections were painful.
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Moby Dick is a classic work. The plot is well known to all familiar with literary giants like Melville.
The draw of the book is not the plot but Melville's subplot of how he paints his narrative. His mastery of words keeps the book moving forward much like the ship Pequeg in pursuit of Moby Dick. Melville's fathomless vocabulary is a delight to any reader who enjoys the craft of writing.
What an adventure! I highly recommend this book to all ages. I read it first when I was 10 years old and now 59 years later the magnetism of the book still lures me to enjoy Ahab's pursuit of the white whale.
The audiobook performance is masterful and the plot riddled with the qualities of any great work. Melville is often more poet than plot driven author, but he makes many of the most mundane routines of a whaler sound magical. One can not help but feel anguish for the death of these whales knowing now how intelligent they are, but we glimpse a past way of life and realize how timeless this novel's moral about obsession is.