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Moby-Dick Audiobook

Moby-Dick

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Publisher's Summary

Its famous opening line, "Call me Ishmael," dramatic in its stark simplicity, begins an epic that is widely regarded as the greatest novel ever written by an American. Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

When Melville's father died in 1832, the young man's financial security went too. For a while he turned to school-mastering and clerking, but failed to make a sustainable income. In 1840 he signed up on the whaler, Acushnet, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was just 21. A whaler's life turned out to be both arduous and dangerous, and in 1842, Melville deserted ship. Out of this experience and a wealth of printed sources, Melville crafted his masterpiece.

©1987 Recorded Books, LLC.; (P)1987 Recorded Books, LLC.

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    Michael Upshur 05-17-16
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    "classic"

    this book is brilliantly written, and amazingly narrated. highly enjoyable. one my top 5 classics

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    doctordoctor 05-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible poetry in prose."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator is insuperable. Just terrific. When he sings the whalers' songs it is perfect. Just a very great job. In this case better than reading the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The white whale. Moby kicks ass!


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me itch.


    Any additional comments?

    A great narration of a great book--what more could you wish for.

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    Kyle 04-19-16
    Kyle 04-19-16
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    "Time consuming, but very interesting"

    A story full of details that give a very specific picture of a whale ship

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    trevor 04-13-16
    trevor 04-13-16
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    "A classic done justice!"

    My third time on the Pequot, my first with Audible...fantastic. A new adventure experienced through the wonderful voice narration of Frank Muller. Well done shipmate.

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    Jordan J. Scavone 04-10-16 Member Since 2013

    Jordan J. Scavone - Children's Author #BeMightE

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    "Narrator saves slow voyage"

    Frank Muller shines as his narration carries this slow voyage. Melville may be the American classic, but Muller helps you get through it.

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    robert luu 04-10-16
    robert luu 04-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring"

    I was kind of annoyed by the narrator. Preference. Never had to read this in high school. Figured I'd try it here. This books was so dry.

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    Donald Bullard 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "There it blows."
    Would you try another book from Herman Melville and/or Frank Muller?

    Herman Melville maybe, Frank Muller was alright.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Some aspects of the tale including the final hunt were stirring. The total package was flawed.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was Moby-Dick worth the listening time?

    To say I did it yes. I may try again as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Star Trek II Wrath of Khan really oversold this.

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    isabelle timms 04-01-16
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    "The Best !!"

    I forgot how exciting reading is!! it was truly a marvelous experience, sobmerging my mind in such a fabulous tale. Moby Dick.

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    B. A. Leasure Atlanta, GA, USA 03-29-16
    B. A. Leasure Atlanta, GA, USA 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic for a reason"

    I listened to this book with awe for its beautiful use of the language and alliterative speech. The narration was incredible.

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    Brandon 03-29-16
    Brandon 03-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Listen at 90% speed"

    I enjoyed it deeply but would recommend listening to it at around 90% speed. I think playing it a little slower gives the heavy foreshadowing of the book greater weight and gravity

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