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  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By James Conlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (51)

    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."
    "Is this a novel or a lecture?"
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    What would have made Moby-Dick better?

    Maybe reading the Bridge version first. Or not being told, what a masterpiece it is.


    What was most disappointing about Herman Melville’s story?

    Some of his character build up, felt like lectures, rather than a story, or a narrative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning were the bond between Queequeg and Ishmael is told. Then the book turn into a lecture and it drag until the last couple of chapters


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Moby-Dick?

    Cut the middle!


    Any additional comments?

    For years I wanted to read this book, seeing how many friends have read it in high school or in college and stated it was great. While other friends dislike it, because they HAD TO READ it. My only knowledge of the story was about Captain Ahab’s obsession. I enjoy the narrator voice and how he brought to life the different characters. I was drawn into ‘Queequeg’ early on, but was disappointed how this character disappear in the story and was mention briefly later in the book. I was surprise how much in depth it got into certain subjects, where I felt I was sitting in a lecture every time; where I recall hearing “footnote” a couple of times. I enjoy character build up, but this book drag. I finally finished it, but it was dreadful, to finish it.

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