Moby Dick is surprisingly effective as an audiobook. I don't think I would have been able to finish it nearly as quickly in print.
Ahab. He's a dark, dark every man.
Ishmael's introduction to Queequeg--so much can be read into their relationship...
It was good book to break up during car rides.
For a novel with very little action, it is really surprisingly engaging. It's truly a book about whaling and about the the monomaniacal focus of man.
It would depend heavily on the friend. This is not an everyman book, despite it's fame. This is a time investment, and a fairly obscure topic.
As a biologist, I found myself wondering at some of the history Melville gives of marine species. I do not specialize in marine biology, but I do believe that much of the information given as fact no longer aligns with what we've learned about which species are related to which others, and how certain traits and behaviors developed. This won't interfere in the story for most people, I think, and nothing is glaringy wrong with his classifications, but several times I fell out of the story and into fact-checker mode.
For me, the characters were all fairly distant feeling. It wasn't really about them.
The descriptions of the boy lost to sea were particularly philosophical, I thought.
I love Melville, for the record, and got this audio book when I realized that I couldn't really remember the story for Moby Dick past the obvious search for the white whale. Out of all of Melville's stories, I think this is the one most in need of an edit. There are long, almost meandering descriptions that then turn into essay-length passages on some specific topic (Like what counts as a 'fish' or the then-known history of whales0.All the topics included in such lush detail are (to me, at least) interesting and related to the topic of whale hunting, but the way they are presented in the narrative feels, almost, like Melville is messing with the reader, purposely drawing the story out to near-intolerable lengths. Twenty 'pages' might go by with no mention of the primary story line.Overall, I did enjoy the story. I caught myself kind of wandering off a few times, but when the story grabs you it can be great.
Absolutely. Moby Dick is long and arduous, but WORTH IT. I highly recommend, reading along as you listen ($0.99 or free for Kindle edition), then once you're entranced, close your eyes and imagine yourself aboard the Pequod.
Moby Dick! Now, scientists know that whales are as "smart" as humans. But Melville got that way back in the day.
He doesn't do ridiculous voices or anything, he just captures the energy and the insanity. The language is old, unfamiliar; Muller animates it for the reader/listener.
Ha no, please don't do that.
A former globetrotting surf punk turned homeowner with ecclectic tastes. Classics, horror, crime, biographies or lectures? Yes please!
An interesting symbolic story about a quest for...vengeance...adventure...redemption...profit...knowledge...many things, really. The social commentary and observations on the nature of people and the world were surprisingly spot on for a book that was written prior to the American Civil War. His outlook reflects a very modern world view and the symbolism cuts through multiple levels and issues, which is why it did not gain popularity until after the author's death. How often do we willingly join an ill-fated madman's journey for our own gain and motives? As a society? As individuals? As an economy? Very interesting stuff.
Even the outdated science he occasionally spends pages documenting is pretty interesting, as it fits with the character of the narrator and helps anchor it in its time. I really enjoyed this and encourage others to read it, removed from the stigma of being "assigned reading" or force-fitted into a public classroom with many people not having lived enough of life to appreciate it.
Yes b/c I enjoy this book and love Frank Muller.
Queequeg. Although considered a savage, he is one of the most civil, faithful and honorable men encountered in the story.
I have yet to be disappointed by Mr. Muller, but this was one of his most captivating performances to me.
Nope. The Huston version with Gregory Peck was ok, but the 2010...the horror.
The only reason I gave it 3 stars overall is b/c of the recording value. I was disappointed by the many skips it had; it was like listening to a scratched CD. At one point there was even a sound like it had been dubbed or something.
I'd been avoiding this whale for forty years, but finally decided to tag along with Ahab, Ishmael et al. The voyage was definitely worth taking. In fact, this comes close to five stars but for some of the pacing, which can occasionally feel tedious. What works well is Melville's soaring, poetic language, the grand conceit of the overwhelming metaphor and allegory, and the way one comes, at last, to know and care about the characters. What works unexpectedly well is that though there is very little story in long stretches, just an extended textbook on whaling, Melville holds the reader's interest through his evident passion and apt phrasing. What didn't work quite so well for me was the length of textbook passages, void of plot or characters. It truly felt deserving of extensive footnotes and bibliography. In the meantime many of the characters remain frustratingly under-developed, however deliberate this may have been. But patience is rewarded when Melville finally does get back to plot and characters, because the reader has gained perspective. The action sequences at the end of the book seem to fly by, and Melville unfolds doom in hauntingly powerful language. This is undoubtably a great book. .A note on editions: I read the Feedbooks ebook, the Collectors Library hardcover, and the Audible version read by Frank Muller. All were excellent, and I definitely recommend Muller's reading.
Scientist, Atheist, Humanist, and Historian. I don't know everything, but I know enough to know if you're full of it!
It is up near the top of my list, I would read it again.
I enjoyed the depth and complexity of the story.
Well, he reads it to you which is always a plus!
No laughing or crying, just got swept away by the story.
No more Herman Melville books.
Just tell the tale of chasing Moby Dick and forget all the other stuff.
The tale of Moby Dick is interesting, but Melville gets sidetracked on so many unrelated topics (all different types of whales, the sermon about Jonah, types of boats, etc.) that it got extremely boring. Finally, I started skipping all the digressions.
The narrater needed to find the right cadence with this book. Most often the reading was way too fast for the text, which can be very lyrical if you let it breath. The performance is very understandable and therefore passable - but you miss much of the beauty of the writing.
Excellent all around -great spoken word
There is no comparison-the book operates on so many levels
ahab had a brooding evil quality
Yes but it is long
Timeless and thought provoking