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Susan Cronin

Belfast, Maine USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By James Conlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Herman Melville’s classic masterpiece tells the story of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale, Moby Dick, a white sperm whale of tremendous size and ferocity. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg, and Ahab intends to take revenge. The first line—"Call me Ishmael"—is one of the most famous opening lines in American literature.

    Greg Saven says: "An intolerable reading of a great novel."
    "Terrific."
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    Where does Moby-Dick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far, this is my favorite audio book because the narrator is spot-on to characters' personalities.


    What does James Conlan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Conlan narrates so well that the story is a lively performance rather than a slog, which if I had read it, it may have turned in to. There is an ironical humor throughout the book that Mr. Conlan captures by his reading. I was not expecting to smile and outright laugh so often at Ismael's descriptions and judgements and characterizations, but such is the personality of Ismael that Mr. Conlan is able to completely bring to life.
    There are many asides in this story, and Mr. Conlan sounds delighted by them all and brings that delight to the reader, who can but help be entertained as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a long story with many asides and wanderings and lectures. It is a joy to listen to over time without feeling that you may have missed something. You MAY have missed something, but it doesn't matter.


    Any additional comments?

    I have put off reading Moby Dick for years and I'm glad that I did. LIstening to it may be the easy way out, but it has enhanced the book in ways that my reading of it would have missed.

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