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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)
I liked when the author was actually telling the story. I liked least the many and sundry deviations from the story which drug on and on and on.
I really thought that the narrator did an excellent job portraying each of the characters in the book.
NO! There is a reason why this book is abridged. Melville goes off on these tangents over and over again which add nothing to the story and make Ishmael come off as a know-it-all ass.
Find an abridged version which only tells the story without all of the sundry deviations.
perhaps, but I'll read it first
Melville draws in so much and creates such a rich, unique story, nothing really compares.
Heald brings life to the character voices and sets a tempo making it engaging and approachable.
Not in my lifetime.
A good Stephen King Novel.
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.
It taught me the meaning of some modern terms such as "Jury Rig" and "There she blows!"
Too wordy and too off-kilter for me.
Tell us about yourself!
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.
litte bit underplayed actually
meeting the fellow whaling ships especially the english one.
It's not the best but it is ranked high
No, It gets long and has slow parts.
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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BIG FAT STORY
Heald does a great job at communicating both the humor and the epic qualities of this classic. Much ppreciated
The Great American Novel
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.
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.
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
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.
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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