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.
Frank Muller was superb. I am so grateful to have him read me this long, tedious tale. He breathed life into an otherwise deadly dull story.
Moby Dick is a favorite book for several professional teachers. The book is everything that is wonderful about 19th century literature and more. Personally I think this book attempts to add itself to the dictionaries of American literature. Louis Menand indicated in the Metaphysical Club that America had 3 dictionaries at the time of the Civil War. The Bible, Homer, and Shakespeare inform a reader and the combination finds a mutual requirement for understanding and an idea of competence. Moby Dick moves within these dictionaries to add the new voice of Natural History. All these recognitions do not take away from a fun book and wonderful language. The narrator is celebrated and mourned for his achievements in voice. We are so lucky he tackled this book in the years he could work. The story has drama and has been filmed several times. Film only provides the basis of the surprise. This book is fun to read or in this case enjoy being read to by a great artist of voice.