Wow! Has to be the greatest American novel ever written; and Melville couldn't have done it without Hootkins. Funny, philosophical, so much deeper than I ever imagined; and most of it I would have missed if I had read it myself. Thank you Mr. Hootkins!
I've not listened to many audiobooks, so take that for what it's worth. This was entirely enjoyable, perfectly (in my not-so-informed admittedly opinion) narrated and very much worth the time invested.
The story and subsequent literary meanderings of H. Melville aside, the narration was gripping and very, very well done.
I have not as I'm quite new to this.
"the white whale wants to be your friend... right?"
I have repeated downloaded this all the versions and formats crash my iPod. Great book destroyed by incompetent Audible.com fools. Do not waste your money or credits.
I will read it again next year. And every year.
It was part of my bucket list books-I-always-meant-to-read, but it exceeded every expectation. Wonderful book, great performance.
For those who love the story of Moby Dick and audiobooks in general this is a great book. William Hootkins' performance is deep, nuanced, and adds a tremendous amount to the cast of characters and the layers of this book. One of a kind production in my view.
First off,I hate to admit it,but I am a very picky person [a.k.a. a big pain in the A@# ].however,I like and recognize quality and do not apologize for praising it.This REALY is the best reading of this book out there..I like this book but honestly it draggs at points..This great narator realy fills those moments so this novel is digested as a continuous whole.I HIGHLY recommend this version of Moby Dick..you can trust all the reviews praising it[ that coming from a big picky pain in the A@#} ENJOY!
It's a classic with references to a lot of other shows and books
I am madness maddened
When the cook shouts over the ripping flesh of the whale as the sharks gourge on fat and meat.
Yes, it brings out a complete and mesmurizing understanding of the wholesome glory of whaling
The narrator makes the book come alive. The poetry shines through, Melville's humor appears, and the more tedious sections become interesting.
I first read Moby Dick in college and ended up skipping through a number of chapters. Now I see what I missed. I ended up reading my old copy while simultaneously listening in order to focus on the words and meanings as much as possible.
Previously I've listened to abridged versions, which ultimately raised my interest in the unabridged narration. If the whole book still appears daunting to you, try an abridged version first. I liked the Naxos recording best, which I bought on CD before Audible was around.
Moby Dick is one of the most profound books of our culture. This narration makes it much more accessible.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
Ishmael is bored and wants to sail... blah blah blah... Cannibal... blah blah blah... Ahab is crazy... blah blah blah... whale encyclopedia... blah blah blah... harpoon... blah blah blah... Moby Dick kills everyone but Ishmael.
The narrator is good though.
This felt like the longest book I've ever listened to and that's saying something considering I've listened to "War and Peace" and several other nearly as long. Melville gives an in depth look at whales and whaling circa 1850. While some of this is interesting, it is also a bit dry, like listening to a text book at times. I abhor violence against animals, which made this book an odd choice for me and made it difficult to listen to the descriptions of whale hunting. I wanted to read it anyway to see how Melville handled attitudes towards the whales the morality of the hunt. I was not wholly satisfied on that regard.
Hootkin's performance was excellent, breathing life into what could have been a very laborious listen.