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Moby Dick | [Herman Melville]

Moby Dick

"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.
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"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

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    Jessica Baltimore, MD, USA 02-18-09
    Jessica Baltimore, MD, USA 02-18-09
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    "Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!"

    I've been trying to read Moby Dick for years. I would read a few chapters and then drag off and not be able to finish. This reader changed my whole experience with the book. Moby Dick is, of course, a wonderful book, but the reader added a whole new dimension. He brought the characters to life, which gave me a whole new perspective on their personalities (especially Ishmael). This perspective made the plot, subtext and interplay of the book so much more lively and exciting. Even the "boring" parts involving "all you need to know about whaling." Thank you thank you thank you so much, dear reader. You have a great talent!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Nicholasville, KY, United States 09-18-09
    Matthew Nicholasville, KY, United States 09-18-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Well Done William Hootkins"

    I love this book but have found most of the unabridged audiobooks of Moby Dick difficult to listen to. This is a long book with parts that are not exactly high drama - so Hootkins' "overacting" is really good at pulling us through those long arcs. It is certainly the best Moby Dick audiobook out there. I would go out on a limb and say it's actually one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard (my Audible library has over 300 books). I wish each every audiobook was this good.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Pandora Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 06-23-12
    Pandora Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 06-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Book I Have EVER Read"

    Since joining Audible a year ago I have chewed through the classics and contemporaries like a wood chipper.

    That being said, I say this:

    Moby Dick is not just a great book, it is the best book I have EVER read.

    None too familiar with it before tackling the read, I'd always for some reason thought it would be stuffy, dusty, old world reading. Nay, my friend. It was saucy, salty, and American.

    The subject matter is absolutely riveting to the imagination. The deep inner thoughts of the characters are poetic and stirring. The manic, unresting, hungry intelligence of Ishmael illuminates a world I'd have never known existed, the intimate inner workings of an industry, and the beauty of the experiences had by men who might be dismissed as uneducated and rough. The stories are so spectacular, so grippingly entertaining, I'd often stop what I was doing while listening, hands stilled in their motions, and half smiling and wide eyed, waiting to hear what came next. And sometimes all I could say was, "No, freaking, way."

    Treat yourself to Moby Dick.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rob LANCASTER, PA, United States 08-20-12
    Rob LANCASTER, PA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic in every respect"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moby Dick to be better than the print version?

    The reading of this book is a performance! I've began looking up book specifically read by William Hootkins. The store is rambling and fragmented at times, you sense Melville has a destination but is in no hurry to get there. His side bar chapters of sailor stories and whale descriptions were like commercials for products I didn't want to buy. But it was all part of the lush tapestry he was weaving so I didn't mind. Overall I loved it! I'd give it a 10>


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie USA 12-10-09
    Leslie USA 12-10-09
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    "The reader is great"

    Great story brought to life by a fantastic reader. His pace is slow enough so that you dont miss anything, and he really brings the characters to life...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Goodman SIMI VALLEY, CA, US 09-17-12
    Stephen Goodman SIMI VALLEY, CA, US 09-17-12
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    "A Blubbery Good Time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moby Dick to be better than the print version?

    Yes. You can get into details that might put you to sleep i print.


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

    Yes. He is great. The story comes alive with his story-telling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    declan North Fitzroy, Australia 08-05-12
    declan North Fitzroy, Australia 08-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"
    Would you listen to Moby Dick again? Why?

    Obviously Moby Dick is one of the classics, but William Hootkins brings it to life in the most extraordinary manner. I've heard a few different narrators do bits Moby Dick but Hootkins is monster. His range of voices is stunning and he manages to sustain it over 20 hours.


    Have you listened to any of William Hootkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've heard William Hootkins narrate anything, but I would take a punt on almost any book that had him as a narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam BEDFORD, IN, United States 05-10-11
    Adam BEDFORD, IN, United States 05-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A story about obsession--brilliant narrator"

    I think that some miss the point of this book--I don't think it's about Ahab and the white whale. Rather, it's about Ishmael's obsession with whales in general. If you look at it that way, then you won't be looking for the book to get on with the Ahab story. It's also really, really funny at times. The narration is excellent, fabulous, splendid, and other superlatives. He brings out the humor in the book that one would likely miss in reading due to the differences in language style. I'm glad I listened, but by the end I was definitely ready to move on to something else. There are a couple of short chapters that seem out of place and could be removed in an abridgment, but I'm afraid that most of what would get abridged would focus the book on Ahab and the whale, and I really don't think that's the point of the story--just the backdrop for Ishmael's obsession.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Overland Park, KS, United States 03-24-11
    Martin Overland Park, KS, United States 03-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "William Hootkins is brilliant!"

    This recording makes Moby Dick come alive. Hootkins truly understands Melville. I've never been this impressed by a narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy United States 12-13-10
    Timothy United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Hast thou seen the White Whale?"

    Although Melville can be long winded, this narrator makes the trip worth it. Great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • R. V. Armitage
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    "History brought to life"

    A great yarn about the sea and one man's obsession for an ultimate goal. Melville, who had whaling experience, describes, to the readers of his day, the thrills, the dangers and the way of whaling in his time. We see the type of men that took part, learn about the uses of the whale to society then, such as lighting lamps and umbrella frames. For the modern reader it is first hand knowledge from the past told through the excitement and thrust of story. The narrator, William Hootkins does a good job with the character's voice accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
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    "Fantastic Reading of a rambling epic"
    Where does Moby Dick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not read many so far but the performance by William Hootkins was fantastic. Passionate and brought the story to life.


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

    It was a strange ending. The book is very rambling, perhaps this is why I have struggled reading it myself. The ending itself when it came was brief and satisfying, like ripping off a plaster. You knew what was about to happen, you knew it would hurt but it was ultimately successful and felt good.


    Have you listened to any of William Hootkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    First time I have heard his voice, but hopefully not the last.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ahab's madness prevented him ordering the crew to help in the quest for a lost whaleboat.


    Any additional comments?

    A long rambling epic brought to life brilliantly by a talented narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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