This is one of the best books ever written. Frank Muller's interpretation is phenomenal. It was an incredible adventure. One of those experiences that make life worth living.
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.