I enjoyed the narrators style and cadence. Really helped me make it to the end.
Ugh. Yes and no. Its a classic tale bit man is it a chore to get through. You've really got to like the genre and be committed.
Its just so dang wordy. I mean every single sentence is a long, complex, verbose paragraph. The speech patterns were different back in the time this was written and thank goodness we have become far more efficient in our communication syntax. I consider myself fairly well read and educated and I tuned out to a lot of the rambling, esoteric junk. And the terms he used. They could have been sailing on a space ship for all I understood.
I feel like 85% of it could have been cut out and it would be a smash hit classic. There were like 5 chapters covering the types of whales in the ocean. Like in depth, scientific, economical details on whales.... and some chapters went randomly off topic for long periods of time. And then we get a few about the various whaling regions and whaling men and how they difference in size, attitude, skill, language... then we get the history and evolution of the crows nest. Good grief, shut up Melville and tell the damn story.
The main story is great... just tell me that. That's what I want to hear. Maybe get an abridged version.
Loved it. Fantastic narration. i now know why it is a classic. Why must i write 20 words when my thought is complete?
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.