If you've only ever known William Hootkins from his Porkins character in Star Wars, you will be shocked by his impassioned reading, right from the beautiful opening chapter. Here was clearly a man who knew the book inside out. This was my first time reading Moby Dick and I can't imagine a better or more entertaining guide.
THE NARRATOR'S CHARACTERIZATION WAS SPOT ON.
WHEN THEY CAME UPON THE CAPTAIN LOOKING FOR HIS SON WHO WAS LOST AT SEA AND AHAB TURNED AWAY...THAT WAS PURE HEARTBREAK AND SHOWED JUST HOW OBSESSED HE WAS WITH MOBY ICK.
THE SEARCH FOR THE WHITE WHALE
I DON'T KNOW HOW I MADE IT THROUGH SCHOOL WITHOUT READING THIS CLASSIC, BUT I'M GLAD I TOOK A CHANCE TO READ IT AS AN ADULT. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED LEARING ABOUT THE NANTUCKET WHALING TRADITION AND THE TALE OF THE GREAT WHITE WHALE!.
This is a massive book, with some obscure parts. The Reader illuminates all parts of the book. I have read Moby Dick many times, but the performance brings it to vivid life.
The scene where Ahab ties the crew to his mad pursuit is brilliantly told.
Boy you sure can tell those 18th and 19th century books. Wow, they were long. People sure had nothing better to do, and it shows. No TV, etc. I mean there are whole chapters in this book about the anatomy of whales. Different types of whales, blah blah blah. I actually couldn't sit through all of it. On the other hand, the narrator was fantastic and I sure don't know how he did it through all of those deadly boring parts.
Not really. This is one of very few instances where I maybe should have bought an abridgement.
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 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