I listen to audiobooks on my way to/from work every morning, and this book took me almost two months to listen to, and it was worth every minute. It's one of those feelings of achievement and satisfaction you get only from finishing something worthwhile. I never read this book growing up, and I anticipated it to be hard enough to follow in print, not to mention in audio form. But Mark Nelson did a fabulous job not only managing all the various accents and voice textures, but also in how he handled all the dialects present in the text. I have an appreciation for anyone who reads a book well, and a book like this is twice as difficult to read aloud as a normal novel. Well worth the time spend listening.
I didn't expect all the tertiary information Melville provided about the whaling trade and life at sea. It was an unexpected, but not unwelcome, addition to what I did expect. The narrative portions themselves were so good I listened to some chapters twice, especially the very last chapter.
My favorite scenes have to be when Stubb made the Cook preach to the sharks, and of course the final battle with Moby Dick.
I was moved by Ahab's existential reflections toward the end of the book, and I was saddened by Ahab's final benevolent desire to see Starbuck make it back to his family.
I never read this book growing up, and I anticipated it to be hard enough to follow in print, not to mention in audio form. But Mark Nelson did a fabulous job not only managing all the various accents and voice textures, but also in how he handled all the dialects present in the text. I have an appreciation for anyone who reads a book well, and a book like this is twice as difficult to read aloud as a normal novel because of all these accents and dialects. Well worth the time spent listening.
Exciting, depressing, shocking
Hard to say, though I think if Hemingway or Camus ever wrote a zombie novel, it would be a lot like this book.
Actually, I would rename it Road to Woodbury, which is the title of the second book in the series. Rise of the Governor isn't really appropriate, because "the Governor" doesn't ever really appear in this book unless you count the very last page or two. The titles of the two volumes should really be switched.
Yes, because there is so much good information, I probably need to listen three or four more times to get it all. I will have a notebook handy next time.
The book deals with issues most parents face on a daily basis, and I was really looking for something to give me some kind of guidance on parenting. This is the best book I've found because it doesn't just give tips or suggest methods; it really gets to the root of the issues parents deal with and explains the source of much of the behavior we want help with.
I think the chapter on consequences was the most helpful, but also the most difficult to put into practice! But the author actually warns that it's difficult, and emphasizes the importance of sticking to your consequences anyway.
Hopefully all of it.
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