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Moby Dick Audiobook

Moby Dick

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Publisher's Summary

The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

(P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    John Petaluma, CA, United States 02-05-13
    John Petaluma, CA, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic well read and yar!"
    Would you listen to Moby Dick again? Why?

    perhaps, but I'll read it first


    What other book might you compare Moby Dick to and why?

    Melville draws in so much and creates such a rich, unique story, nothing really compares.


    What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Heald brings life to the character voices and sets a tempo making it engaging and approachable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    R. A. Frank cali 12-06-12
    R. A. Frank cali 12-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Long winded and blow-harded!"
    Would you try another book from Herman Melville and/or Anthony Heald?

    Not in my lifetime.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A good Stephen King Novel.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Since there was so little actual dialogue it is hard to tell. The narrator could do Ahab quite well, but the other people sounded alike.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It taught me the meaning of some modern terms such as "Jury Rig" and "There she blows!"


    Any additional comments?

    Too wordy and too off-kilter for me.

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    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-27-12
    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "great reading - great novel"
    What did you love best about Moby Dick?

    great novel but the story was somewhat thin. quick somebody tell someone but the overall majesty of this book is what makes it such a treasure. and it is a book about whales and whalers which is fascinating.
    the reader was really wonderful - heald - just perfect. took me a while to warm up to him but about 6 hours into it he came alive for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    litte bit underplayed actually


    Which scene was your favorite?

    meeting the fellow whaling ships especially the english one.


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    George Rockvale, TN, USA 05-29-12
    George Rockvale, TN, USA 05-29-12
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    "Good but.."
    Where does Moby Dick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not the best but it is ranked high


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, It gets long and has slow parts.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a classic that everyone should read. But there is a reason it was not popular in his life time, but is better as a historical account of the old whalers.

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    HOrdover New Hope, PA 04-29-12
    HOrdover New Hope, PA 04-29-12

    Host of CraftLit and Just-the-Books podcasts, editor of What Would Madame Defarge Knit? series, mother of boys, knitter of things, teacher of stuff...

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    "Great Performance! Great Story"
    If you could sum up Moby Dick in three words, what would they be?

    BIG FAT STORY


    Any additional comments?

    Heald does a great job at communicating both the humor and the epic qualities of this classic. Much ppreciated

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    Angela Nashville, TN, United States 04-26-12
    Angela Nashville, TN, United States 04-26-12
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    "BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND"
    If you could sum up Moby Dick in three words, what would they be?

    The Great American Novel


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ishmael narrates this tale about the hunt for the white wale on his first voyage as a seaman. He tells it without exposing us to his psyche and with reverence for the professional whaler and the honorable men aboard the Pequod. From his very first words of the book "Call Me Ishamel" to the his final words as the only survivor, Ishmael is the keyhole through which we view the events and history and the sea. And most importantly, he makes us believe every word.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    No doubt, it was Ahab. Ahab whose madness is reflected in his soulful yearning for a confrontation with Moby Dick but then his poignant revelation of his love of the sea and whaling forces us to wonder if perhaps he was correct to follow his destiny and not mad. This journey evolves slowly and Mr. Heald performs it magnificiently, from the respected captain and earnest whaler to a driven obsessed madman. When Ahab succumbs to Moby Dick he reminesces on the loss of his life and the sacrifices he made to pursue the whale. Sacrifices that include loss of time with his child, wife and home. Mr. Heald presented Ahab with sensitivity and emotion. When members of the crew are killed, Ahab mourns and grieves with voice of an angel and when Ahab realizes that Moby Dick prevails, Mr. Heald projects audible surrender.


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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 10-20-11
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 10-20-11
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    "Dull"

    First of all the narration was good. The story was simply boring. I read quite a bite, including 19th century novels, and this one just has way too many passages that do nothing to advance the story

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    onelucent Farmington Hills, MI, United States 04-30-11
    onelucent Farmington Hills, MI, United States 04-30-11
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    "Extraordinary narration by Anthony Heald."

    I admit I am partial to those wonderful English narrators like Simon West, David Timlin or Juliet Stephenson. Anthony Heald, for starters, has one of the finest-and really one of the few tolerable, American voices I have heard on any of these audio books. He is also a great actor. This is simply an extraordinary performance, a living out, hour upon hour, without a second of mistakes or lapse in effort, of this rich book. If I could, I would add a couple of stars just for Anthony Heald.

    Moby Dick is a tapestry in many ways; an experimental novel. On one part, even with its global cast, Melville was trying to establish some "credence" for America, talking about the Erie Canal and so on. There are other parts clearly inspired by Shakespeare and his ilk. In places, it almost seems like a time-traveling Faulkner influenced the writing-or is it the other way. There are plenty of oddities, flaws and warts, but flights of language, imagination, scenario that stand the test of time. Books like this simply aren't written any longer, which is our loss.

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    Doris 03-16-11
    Doris 03-16-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Tried really hard...."

    I really wanted to like this book, since it is a classic, and so widely taught, but I finally had to give up. It is an adventure story without a plot, a character study with too many digressions, and a study of the 19th Century perceptions of whale characteristics that is no longer relevant. The narrator did a superb job. My hat is off to him. But about ten hours into the book, I had to quit.

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    Matt Evansville, IN, USA 05-04-10
    Matt Evansville, IN, USA 05-04-10
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    "Great Book"

    This is a great book. If you have any interest at all, or even if you've already read it as I have, pick this up. Very well read!

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