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It's a classic with references to a lot of other shows and books
I am madness maddened
When the cook shouts over the ripping flesh of the whale as the sharks gourge on fat and meat.
Yes, it brings out a complete and mesmurizing understanding of the wholesome glory of whaling
Yes. You can get into details that might put you to sleep i print.
Yes. He is great. The story comes alive with his story-telling.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
This is a long book and having never 'read' the book itself I took the time to listen and have been blown away with the descriptiveness, story, accuracy and an overwhelming belief this is a true epic.
Melville's tale does become slow yet I recommend to you to listen all the way through. The description of whale hunting, the whales and about the ships characters is very good.
Part of the journey of listening to any book is having the right narrator and William Hootkins is amazing. I found his narration to be fun, enjoyable, worth listening too. The descriptions, passion, excitement and even through the slow bits still worthy of my time. I loved the performance and energy. Certainly kept me listening.
Well worth the time. You will become immersed in the tale and learn so much more.
The reader made the impenetrable parts of the story clearer and made the fun parts joyful.
funny, at first I was like, when are they going to fight the whale? as the story went on and I realized what the whale really was I began to enjoy each little preceding event more and more. The end was sad but no more so than any death. lots of humor and wisdom along the way. The performance is perfect. Will listen again.
You know this book is a cornerstone of modern literature. Melville's achievement is awe inspiring. Pure unadulterated poetry.
But what you really need to know is that William Hootkins gives a performance for the ages. I cannot imagine how someone understands every word of a text like this so well as to deliver it with such insight and life. Things that would take three or four close readings to appreciate are evident on the first listen. Among them, the sensational humor and self awareness of Melville.
Some reviews contend that you need to commit to getting through the boring early chapters to get to the heart of story. This is wrong. The poetry and the humor and the rich use of language are abundant from the very beginning. And Hootkins sees it all and brings it out for you. I cannot recommend this highly enough. By far the best audiobook performance I have ever heard. Thank you Herman and thank you William.
The Narrator was FABULOUS! I listened to the sermon of the priest over and over again, just because of the power that the narrator brought to it.
The accents, the voices, the thrill. A powerful voice perfect to convey the dark depths of the mad sea and its men.
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