Herman Melville maybe, Frank Muller was alright.
Some aspects of the tale including the final hunt were stirring. The total package was flawed.
To say I did it yes. I may try again as well.
Star Trek II Wrath of Khan really oversold this.
I listened to this book with awe for its beautiful use of the language and alliterative speech. The narration was incredible.
I enjoyed it deeply but would recommend listening to it at around 90% speed. I think playing it a little slower gives the heavy foreshadowing of the book greater weight and gravity
Wow, what a mind Muller has to keep track of all these character voices for a 24 hour yarn. Always wanted to read this story to understand other literature, but kept getting drowned in the Quaker style and vocabulary. But much smoother sailing for me than for Ahab with Muller as narrator.
This book like so many classics is as much about the vivid imagery as it is the plot. I will be returning to the descriptions of the feminine air and the masculine sea.
Action scenes are aplenty, including fascinating mishap while Quiqeg is withdrawing sperm from from a captured whale. I have heard many critics disdain Melville's charactures of indigenous people. But I think in a longer text of 130+ chapters Melville more than adequately implies the sophistication of his characters and shows that the empirialistic and prejudicial aspects of characture stem from the language and culture barriers that divide his characters and thus all people. Melville amply honors the subjegated people described as primitive in this story and adequately has Ishmael contritely acknowledge the simplicity of his description is due to the inadequacy of his understanding and the injustice of his society. Thus, in the many ridiculous and heroic scenes of Polynesian Quiqeg, an African and a Native American, I think Melville paints a valiant and, at the time radical, tribute to all non-white diaspora.
Many laughs as Ishmael time and time again tumbles a word free of its prefixes and suffixes to digress into clever double and triple meanings.
Be prepared to investigate every cell and membrane of the leviathan whale, with additional distractions and foreshadowing by every wisp of wind, crack of wood or tuft of moss on the peripheral view of Ishmael. It is little wonder if Melville was fired from the busy whaling ships. His talent in Moby Dick is to stare hypnotically into the suds of the surf crashing on deck as time on the open sea either stops completely becalmed or careens into apocalypse.
A quite enjoyable aspect is the vast incorporation of references to landmarks on every continent and throughout the varied regions of the United States. The references are more than passport stamp passings, but similes and metaphors that will intrigue the untraveled and treat the well traveled to a new light on familiar sights. This and Ishmael's survival to tell the tale must be what makes Moby Dick the standard for the ultimate travel journal.
It's a classic so I grinded through it on Audible. The narrator was fine, kudos to him for getting through it. I can't imagine actually reading this book. I usually get something of any book. I can't say that I did from MD. It was a total waste of time
90% terrific, 10% terrible. Overall, I adored it. At points, I absolutely abhorred it. But those points were few and not-at-all far between.
The narration was great. I listened while reading, and it made it all the more enjoyable.
Very good narrator. The author frequently deep dives into unnecessary biological detail which is not applied or relevant to the events of the story. Some of this is okay but like the captain, a bit overboard.
I heard this book described recently as a tale of hunting a great animal interspersed with treatises on all the different types of rope in the world. The detail of the whaling enterprise of the mid-19th century was certainly treated exhaustively. The action, when it happened, was exciting and compelling but, perhaps like whaling itself, these were brief interludes in a somewhat dull routine.
I'd recommend it as something to be read if you want to be a serious reader but not just for enjoyment.
The Audible recording was very well done.