The reader did the story in for me.
A good reader he is perhaps, but he seemed to sweep through sentences in such a way that blended them together, watering them down so that they went in one ear and out the next.
I felt the story was one I couldn't get into, though have attempted reading it several times. The reader emphasizes things too much at times, so that I felt the story was over-dramatic. The story has plenty of drama as it is, without the reader putting an exclamation point on every single sentence. I would like to hear someone that would read it in a more natural tone; maybe William Hurt would be good.
I had never read this "classic" before but, of course, had heard so much about it. I was really looking forward to enjoying the audiobook. How wrong and disappointed was I! This horrible, boring, disturbing "story" drones on and on about whale anatomy, classification, butchering, etc. The actual story is probably only 15-25% of the tome. I do not understand how this book came to be considered a classic. I celebrated finishing it so I could turn to something better.
Not sure what the genre is. I love many of the classics.
It's hard for me to judge his performance since I hated the story so much. I didn't want my disgust of it to taint my opinion of him. I think he did a good job with it.
Moby is the best. No other novel has enthralled me with the poetry of the language, the adventure and the philosophy connected with the situation. I keep returning to it and always find something new. There are passages of great poetical beauty coupled with horrific violence and human insensitivity. The only other writer with these language skills is Nabokov, whom I also keep returning to. And the only other recording that comes close to Muller's Moby is Jim Dale's Harry Potter which is sadly unavailable here last I knew. by the time you get to the end you will have enough technical detail from the small chapters to follow without thinking and enjoy the action. The last 3 chapters are some of the best "action" scenes ever written. Moby is full of Myth and history and biblical references and you can pick up on any of many threads and follow it through to the end and form your own idea of the meaning of Moby. It is incredibly modern in it's style and construction and experimentation and as far as i'm concerned Moby casts a shadow over everything that came before it, and everything that comes after. Truly a masterpiece.
The only think missing is the
Frank Muller is one of my two favourite audiobook performers (the other being John Lee) and I have enjoyed at least a dozen works he has enriched with his remarkable talents.
The most disappointing thing about the story is that it so quickly slows to a snail's pace. Of the two thirds that I managed to endure, I'd say the content is one part plot, two parts characters and three parts encyclopedic description.
I think some readers are afraid you'll get bored and fall asleep so they add drama to the reading of every sentence, so much drama that you can no longer hear the beauty of the writer's sentences. That's the case with this one. Unless you need a reader who gasps at every statement, you will not like this one.