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.
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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.
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.
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.
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I've seen Gregory Peck's Moby Dick a few times and was looking forward to listening to this "classic". It's a great story but there's a Pacific Ocean of whaling trivia to wade through every hour or so. Barry is right, get the abridged version or the movie. I've trudged through and enjoyed many drawn out Victorian novels. None have tried my patience as much as Melville did.
J. Jason Gale
The book was a sensation in 1851 and is universally hailed as a classic. But the state of the art of storytelling has moved on. The story is bogged down in details that seem superfluous in this age of moving pictures. And worse, the author spends a great deal of time vilifying whales contrary to modern marine biology. And just to poke him in the eye while I'm at it, he calls whales "fish."
But I have to say I'm glad I soldiered through it for four reasons:
1) Sprinkled thoughout are moments of superative poetry and prose;
2) it gave my a good perspective on modern styles;
3) now I can understand what they're talking about when someone refers to it;
and most importantly, 4) I can say, "Yes, I have 'read' Moby Dick."
If you want to get "Moby Dick", may I recommend the abridged version. First of all, how this could be considered an American "classic" is beyond me. Melville was so long-winded and William Hootkins, who had a brief appearance in the first "Star Wars" movie as "Porkins", (a fitting name, given his girth) and a somewhat "meatier" role in "Raiders of the Lost Ark", audibly chews the scenery, milking every different character for all their worth, attempting a different accent, pitch, etc. for each one so as to make it "distinct", but the end result sounds so forced, so laborious as to make the listener cringe. This is overacting at it's zenith. Then, we have the length: more minutiae about whales and whaling ships of that time and the men who were "whalers" and "harpooneers" than anyone in this day and age could possibly care about. I kept saying: "When are we going to get to the actual story!?" Do yourself a favor. Download the abridged version which is about 15 hours shorter than the unabridged one and try to avoid downloading the one with Mr. Hootkins' "performances". Better yet, rent one of the movie versions with Gregory Peck or Patrick Stewart.