...You know, from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. "Hello, I'm Mr Peabody. And this is my whale, Moby."
But all seriousness aside, I loved this reading, whale lectures and all. And in Melville I've discovered an author I am eager to read (or hear) more of. This story deserves all the accolades bestowed on it, and the reading was, well, let's say near flawless. The only nit I have to pick with it is that the narrator seemed to need a shot of Jolt Cola. Much of the time his voice droned sleepily, lacking the jaunty modulation of his cartoon counterpart.
If you are at all interested in this classic, this rendering will be worth a listen.
While the detailed catalogs and descriptions held my interest when I was reading the book, it put me to sleep in the audio version. Also, the reader has a small affectation in his speach that I thought I could get used to, but it grated against me from start to finish. Still, this audiobook is worth listening to... I just wish I had purchased the abridged version.
Adams Morgan is an amazing narrator, who gives distinctive voices to each of the many characters, with believable accents and palpable emotions. I will look for other works read by him.
I was surprised to find so much humor and satire in the book I've always avoided due to its reputation of being the "greatest American novel" and the dread of many students of literature. Melville repeatedly pokes fun at our human weaknesses and prejudices, making me laugh throughout the reading.
The book is written in language reminisent of Shakespeare: poetic, powerful prose that begs to be reheard. My only regret is that by listening, I was unable to underline the most memorable sentences for future reference. A book of quotations could be filled with the many profound and witty statements in Moby Dick.
No. The audio edition is a perfect companion to the print version - this is excellent emersion material. The narration is too good to pass up, but so worthwhile to also sight-read to really pull out all of Melville's twists and turns.
Also, on a technical note, I only started sight reading in the last 3rd of the book, so I can't speak to the chapters prior to that, but there are consistently large chunks of chapters missing from my audio (consistent with multiple downloads - so it seems to be the file and not a download or device problem). There is probably an hour or so of content missing, based on the difference between the listed audio length and the length showing up on my devices.
Ishmael! But only because the whale doesn't have a narrated voice. Heald's narration was solid brilliance throughout.
Read the Book.
I skipped through this book - so boring - not worth the money
You should be able to get your money back for this book - biggest waste of time and money
I have tried to read this book several times and failed - losing the will to live at about page 30. At least with the (quite good) narrator doing the hard work of wading through Melvilles untidy and overlong prose I have at last made it all the way through.
The narrative is constantly interrupted with catalogues and lists of characteristics of the whales. In fact these are sometimes the most interesting historical detail of the work. But the way they are thrown in seemingly randomly is a bit like trying to watch a movie while being constantly interupted by a slightly batty second uncle.
I can only recommend that if you must listen to this work go for an abridged or dramatised version - the more abridged the better.
The narration is excellent, but there's little he can do with the material. Hour after hour on minutae of whale biology and other filler material that detracts from the narrative. I hate to say this, but I would actually suggest people download the abridged versions. 3 hours vs. 24 and you really would get all the relevant content. A shame really, but I feel like I want 21 hours of my life back....
The book is a hard listen. The reader does a fine job with what he is given. However, the book is just too much. The book definitly has good sections, but the dull and irrelevent sections drag it down. I am not a fan of unabridged books, but this book - classic or not - could have used some trimming.