Muller, with inflection and intonation, is able to take the oft-complex syntax and clarify it. Sentences that I would have had to read and re-read are clear in a single pass with Muller.
No experience, but I have selected Muller's readings for other books whenever the option exists; sad, the premature end to his life.
Read Nathaniel Philbrick's "Why Read Moby Dick" before reading Melville. It is not essential, but Philbrick knows this book so well, he can help to guide a careful, critical reading of the text.
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
A good editor! Melville goes on and on, in convoluted sentences with words strung together that don't really mean anything, and tortures the reader for 135 chapters (21 hours!) before offering up the climax in the last 200 words. My advice: pretend you're still a teenager in high school and read the first and last chapters and skip the rest -- and count yourself lucky!
Adequate -- I give him credit for tackling this behemoth of a novel, but I've heard better. Other reviewers raved about him so maybe my expectations were set too high, but ultimately I was left uninspired.
I listened to the bitter end just so I could say I had finished it and be able to complain about it.
I made it through high school and college without ever reading Moby Dick, but with all the references in pop culture I thought it would be a good one to add to my repertoire. What a disappointment! I thought it was awful, all the way through. The first paragraph is the best, then it goes downhill fast. I can't think of anything good to say about this book and I will never recommend it.
Yes. This is among the very best pieces of American literature. This narration is first class; the voice fits the subject and the performer always has the appropriate rhythm and inflection.
The climax of the tale, when Ahab harpoons Moby Dick and the following narrative.
Although it is a novel, the entire book reminds of a Homeric long poem. Melville was also a poet and one can feel the cadences of the carefully selected wording
Being a tragedy, there is sadness; however, Melville skillfully includes some passages which are light.
This is as good a listen as any I have experienced. If you like American literature, you should love this reading.
I would listen to Moby Dick again to catch some of the dense philosophical concepts Melville described. I'm sure I missed some. I would read it again not just because I missed a few concepts but also because it's a wonderfully written book.
The memorable moments for me were the various metaphorical uses of life at sea as a whaler to spiritual life. That came as a surprise.
The most memorable character was Cptn Ahab. Wonderful internal dialog of a man hardened by solitude and haunted by revenge.
Besides the incredibly deep observations by the various characters, there were surprisingly funny quotes throughout.
Worth a download but there are many moments I had to slow down the narration speed. The writing style is dense and sometimes difficult to follow. Having a dictionary handy would be helpful.
The reader was great but there are major chunks of the book where the author goes into detail that doesn't need talking about like a whole chapter on just the whiteness of the whale.