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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.

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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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    Sam Cristy Port Jefferson Station, NY United States 02-28-16
    Sam Cristy Port Jefferson Station, NY United States 02-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Muller's Voices Animate the Tableau"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wow, what a mind Muller has to keep track of all these character voices for a 24 hour yarn. Always wanted to read this story to understand other literature, but kept getting drowned in the Quaker style and vocabulary. But much smoother sailing for me than for Ahab with Muller as narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moby-Dick?

    This book like so many classics is as much about the vivid imagery as it is the plot. I will be returning to the descriptions of the feminine air and the masculine sea.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Action scenes are aplenty, including fascinating mishap while Quiqeg is withdrawing sperm from from a captured whale. I have heard many critics disdain Melville's charactures of indigenous people. But I think in a longer text of 130+ chapters Melville more than adequately implies the sophistication of his characters and shows that the empirialistic and prejudicial aspects of characture stem from the language and culture barriers that divide his characters and thus all people. Melville amply honors the subjegated people described as primitive in this story and adequately has Ishmael contritely acknowledge the simplicity of his description is due to the inadequacy of his understanding and the injustice of his society. Thus, in the many ridiculous and heroic scenes of Polynesian Quiqeg, an African and a Native American, I think Melville paints a valiant and, at the time radical, tribute to all non-white diaspora.


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

    Many laughs as Ishmael time and time again tumbles a word free of its prefixes and suffixes to digress into clever double and triple meanings.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to investigate every cell and membrane of the leviathan whale, with additional distractions and foreshadowing by every wisp of wind, crack of wood or tuft of moss on the peripheral view of Ishmael. It is little wonder if Melville was fired from the busy whaling ships. His talent in Moby Dick is to stare hypnotically into the suds of the surf crashing on deck as time on the open sea either stops completely becalmed or careens into apocalypse.
    A quite enjoyable aspect is the vast incorporation of references to landmarks on every continent and throughout the varied regions of the United States. The references are more than passport stamp passings, but similes and metaphors that will intrigue the untraveled and treat the well traveled to a new light on familiar sights. This and Ishmael's survival to tell the tale must be what makes Moby Dick the standard for the ultimate travel journal.

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    MARC waish 02-20-16
    MARC waish 02-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "most over-rated book ever... tedious"

    It's a classic so I grinded through it on Audible. The narrator was fine, kudos to him for getting through it. I can't imagine actually reading this book. I usually get something of any book. I can't say that I did from MD. It was a total waste of time

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    Josh 02-17-16
    Josh 02-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great reading of a classic"

    90% terrific, 10% terrible. Overall, I adored it. At points, I absolutely abhorred it. But those points were few and not-at-all far between.

    The narration was great. I listened while reading, and it made it all the more enjoyable.

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    Anita Watkins 02-08-16
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    "A must read of a well known classic."


    Although Melville's style can be tedious at times, this audio book was very well done and definitely worth the time.

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    Charles King 02-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Old English style"

    Very good narrator. The author frequently deep dives into unnecessary biological detail which is not applied or relevant to the events of the story. Some of this is okay but like the captain, a bit overboard.

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    Sherro58 02-02-16
    Sherro58 02-02-16
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    "A Leviathan of a tale"

    I heard this book described recently as a tale of hunting a great animal interspersed with treatises on all the different types of rope in the world. The detail of the whaling enterprise of the mid-19th century was certainly treated exhaustively. The action, when it happened, was exciting and compelling but, perhaps like whaling itself, these were brief interludes in a somewhat dull routine.

    I'd recommend it as something to be read if you want to be a serious reader but not just for enjoyment.

    The Audible recording was very well done.

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