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.
I would probably love this book in an abridge edition. To much description mixed in with the story. Comprehensive if you wish to learn everything about old fashioned whaling.
Not enough excitement in the reading.
As I stated, too much detail on whales not needed for the story.
I understand why this is a classic book, and it is truly a wonderful story. I would prefer to read something that I don't have to force myself to listen to.
I was Surprised by all the Nautical knowledge they shared.. Did not enjoy the Book, too long a narrative to begin with, for me, I have no interest there.. By the time story started, I was tired of the voice... did not really get interested....
All the Nautical information, in the beginning.. Could maybe move to the rear..
My Rating was based on my dissatisfaction with Mobey Dick.... You know what you Like, not me.. thanks Kat R.
Not to discredit the book, learned a lot about whaling in the nearly 100 chapters describing in great detail odds and ends. The few chapters that actually told the story were fascinating.
The audible reading was VERY well done and probably the only way I could have finished this book.
This really seems to be the way the novel was meant to be experienced. The narrator brings out a lot of richness, particularly comic notes, that can be hard to pick up when you're reading through chapter after chapter of wildly inaccurate theories about whales and ecology.
There are parts of Moby Dick that are exciting and interesting, and I was totally invested in the story. There are also incredibly long sections that are detailed accounts of the finer points of whaling. I listen to audiobooks while I drive, and I found myself zoning out a lot during those sections. I'm glad I read it, because it is a classic, but it's not an "easy" listen. It's not hard to understand, it's just long.