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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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.
The white whale. Moby kicks ass!
It made me itch.
A great narration of a great book--what more could you wish for.
Jordan J. Scavone - Children's Author #BeMightE
Frank Muller shines as his narration carries this slow voyage. Melville may be the American classic, but Muller helps you get through it.
Herman Melville maybe, Frank Muller was alright.
Some aspects of the tale including the final hunt were stirring. The total package was flawed.
To say I did it yes. I may try again as well.
Star Trek II Wrath of Khan really oversold this.
I listened to this book with awe for its beautiful use of the language and alliterative speech. The narration was incredible.
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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