My preference is almost always the interior narrator: the voice in my head when I am reading silently to myself, and I have read this book so many times--and yet Muller does a wonderful job with the voice of Ishmael, street-wise, ship-wise, and philisophical, truly rendering the epic drama and poem of Moby Dick. Moreover, I think the lined poems, the songs, the epigrams, dialogs and monologues, those "extra" parts of the narrative, all seem welded into the story by Muller's reading. Really great!
I read all of Chandler over and over 30 years ago, and was leery of listening to books I already knew so well, but Gould's unforced reading was just so right, catching each character without pushing too hard, just letting Chandler's great language take center stage. I wish other narrator's would take a cue from Gould. I give The Big Sleep and Farewell My Lovely five stars, and wish the other books were unabridged, particularly The Lady in the Lake and the The Long Goodbye.
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