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.
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Wonderful performance by the narrator! Helped to glance through the physical book now and then so I could keep up with the different styles Melville used. Don't know why I had been putting off this book for most of my life but I am happy that I finally got around to it! It far exceeded my expectations!
Managet to get into it after a long while and really got a feel for it. The characters are amazing. Starbuck has to be my favorite when he faces Ahab's musket. And nothing compares to the old man's final words
I used my free book coupon code from a podcast to get Melville's Moby Dick. I too was reading through the reviews trying to decide if it really was good enough to spend 21hours of my life listening to. It is. The positive reviews are spot on and the negative reviews are off by a mile
Melville is a literary genius. His characters are fully developed with great descriptions of their idiosyncrasies. The writing is quite detailed, which is why many find it hard to read, but all of the details about towns, ships, industry, the sea etc have a purpose and contribute to the overall theme. Each sentence has been carefully crafted to paint a grand picture that conveys wonderfully small details in a grand epic story. It is certainly one of the best American Novels.
The reading performance is masterful. It has a great pace with a soothing voice. Not a single mistake that I could hear. The character voices are very believable and it was hard to believe that it was all one actor. The voices are not over the top, they all sound very natural. It sounds as though this book were written for the purpose of making an audio book.
I had a feeling Moby Dick would be a good book on tape. I was right. I was completely satisfied and impressed by this audiobook.
Do yourself and buy it. Buy it now.
The iconic voice of Ishmael in Moby Dick lends itself to a great audio experience. The tales he tells come alive when there is a voice beyond the page. The narrator chosen for this reading was compelling and made the listening experience entertaining and enjoyable.
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With a book as long as Moby Dick it is important that a quality narration is done. The narration by Frank Muller was superb.
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Ahab.Although he didn't say a whole lot for 2/3 of the book, his mono-meglomanical rants rained down from the heavens.
I wish the chase would've gone on for three more days! Three days were just too short. Griping and effective, but too short.
The "coincidences" that happened to Ahab personally while chasing the whale that caused him to examine the very nature of his battle, rattled me. I tried to imagine being put in the same position myself and wondered how I would've arrived at a rational explanation at those times.
Moby Dick is surprisingly effective as an audiobook. I don't think I would have been able to finish it nearly as quickly in print.
Ahab. He's a dark, dark every man.
Ishmael's introduction to Queequeg--so much can be read into their relationship...
It was good book to break up during car rides.
For a novel with very little action, it is really surprisingly engaging. It's truly a book about whaling and about the the monomaniacal focus of man.
It would depend heavily on the friend. This is not an everyman book, despite it's fame. This is a time investment, and a fairly obscure topic.
As a biologist, I found myself wondering at some of the history Melville gives of marine species. I do not specialize in marine biology, but I do believe that much of the information given as fact no longer aligns with what we've learned about which species are related to which others, and how certain traits and behaviors developed. This won't interfere in the story for most people, I think, and nothing is glaringy wrong with his classifications, but several times I fell out of the story and into fact-checker mode.
For me, the characters were all fairly distant feeling. It wasn't really about them.
The descriptions of the boy lost to sea were particularly philosophical, I thought.
I love Melville, for the record, and got this audio book when I realized that I couldn't really remember the story for Moby Dick past the obvious search for the white whale. Out of all of Melville's stories, I think this is the one most in need of an edit. There are long, almost meandering descriptions that then turn into essay-length passages on some specific topic (Like what counts as a 'fish' or the then-known history of whales0.All the topics included in such lush detail are (to me, at least) interesting and related to the topic of whale hunting, but the way they are presented in the narrative feels, almost, like Melville is messing with the reader, purposely drawing the story out to near-intolerable lengths. Twenty 'pages' might go by with no mention of the primary story line.Overall, I did enjoy the story. I caught myself kind of wandering off a few times, but when the story grabs you it can be great.
Absolutely. Moby Dick is long and arduous, but WORTH IT. I highly recommend, reading along as you listen ($0.99 or free for Kindle edition), then once you're entranced, close your eyes and imagine yourself aboard the Pequod.
Moby Dick! Now, scientists know that whales are as "smart" as humans. But Melville got that way back in the day.
He doesn't do ridiculous voices or anything, he just captures the energy and the insanity. The language is old, unfamiliar; Muller animates it for the reader/listener.
Ha no, please don't do that.
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