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"The greatest of American novels." (Atlantic Monthly)
"[A]n intense, superbly authentic narrative. Its theme and central figure are reminiscent of Job in his search for justice and of Oedipus in his search for truth."(Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature)
Adams Morgan is an amazing narrator, who gives distinctive voices to each of the many characters, with believable accents and palpable emotions. I will look for other works read by him.
I was surprised to find so much humor and satire in the book I've always avoided due to its reputation of being the "greatest American novel" and the dread of many students of literature. Melville repeatedly pokes fun at our human weaknesses and prejudices, making me laugh throughout the reading.
The book is written in language reminisent of Shakespeare: poetic, powerful prose that begs to be reheard. My only regret is that by listening, I was unable to underline the most memorable sentences for future reference. A book of quotations could be filled with the many profound and witty statements in Moby Dick.
I have tried to read this book several times and failed - losing the will to live at about page 30. At least with the (quite good) narrator doing the hard work of wading through Melvilles untidy and overlong prose I have at last made it all the way through.
The narrative is constantly interrupted with catalogues and lists of characteristics of the whales. In fact these are sometimes the most interesting historical detail of the work. But the way they are thrown in seemingly randomly is a bit like trying to watch a movie while being constantly interupted by a slightly batty second uncle.
I can only recommend that if you must listen to this work go for an abridged or dramatised version - the more abridged the better.
The narration is excellent, but there's little he can do with the material. Hour after hour on minutae of whale biology and other filler material that detracts from the narrative. I hate to say this, but I would actually suggest people download the abridged versions. 3 hours vs. 24 and you really would get all the relevant content. A shame really, but I feel like I want 21 hours of my life back....
The book is a hard listen. The reader does a fine job with what he is given. However, the book is just too much. The book definitly has good sections, but the dull and irrelevent sections drag it down. I am not a fan of unabridged books, but this book - classic or not - could have used some trimming.
I have heard this book was a classic so i wanted to check it out. however I was dissapointed. I had heard another sea voyage story from audible (Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage (Unabridged)) and it was great. I just could never get into this story.
I think the biggest problem was how the story tried to be informative about the whale, and hold a narative story. I think both parts should have been a book in itself. But put them both together and the book just isn't good.
Maybe a classic, but go for another sea voyage book.
I downloaded this because I heard it was one of the great books and a must read.
It is so incredibly boring! The narrator does his best to make it interesting but he's faced with an impossible task. It took me 8 months to finish and the only way I made it through was by listening to it while I was washing the dishes. If my hands were free I would turn it off. It really is that bad.
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