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Even the outdated science he occasionally spends pages documenting is pretty interesting, as it fits with the character of the narrator and helps anchor it in its time.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
The author should have focused on character development and dialogue appropriate for the characters.
Frank Muller did a good job with the material he had. He was consistent and clear with each character, so I was never confused as to which character was speaking.
I was bored most of the time.
The author spent so much time describing whaling as an industry that I thought the book was commissioned by a whaling association or the Chamber of Commerce of Nantucket. The majority of the book is about whaling and whales, leaving a minority of the book about the actual story and the characters. The character development is shallow.
The author, like Shakespeare, has a tremendous optimism about the articulation and eloquence of people from all walks of life, no matter the lack of education. Not only did this detract from good character development, but it bordered on the absurd when a ship's officer is trying to motivate the oarsmen during a whale hunt with a long, steady stream of similes and metaphors. It reminded me of a role playing game where super heroes and arch villains are encouraged to deliver paragraphs worth of taunting lines between blows in a furious fight.
If, like me, you are listening to classics to fill holes in your education, either skip this book or listen to an abridged version. Most of "Moby Dick" should be extracted and printed as a new "Dummies" book on whaling.
I am now more desperate than ever for George R. R. Martin to finish the next book in the series "Song of Ice and Fire".
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.