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Moby Dick Audiobook

Moby Dick

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Publisher's Summary

"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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    Dave Marzec 03-23-15
    Dave Marzec 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "William Hootkins!"

    Wow! Has to be the greatest American novel ever written; and Melville couldn't have done it without Hootkins. Funny, philosophical, so much deeper than I ever imagined; and most of it I would have missed if I had read it myself. Thank you Mr. Hootkins!

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    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12
    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Mighty masterpiece"
    Would you listen to Moby Dick again? Why?

    It's a classic with references to a lot of other shows and books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moby Dick?

    I am madness maddened


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the cook shouts over the ripping flesh of the whale as the sharks gourge on fat and meat.


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

    Yes, it brings out a complete and mesmurizing understanding of the wholesome glory of whaling


    1 of 1 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.


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    Kmosher Portland, OR 04-24-17
    Kmosher Portland, OR 04-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Phenomenal reading"

    This reading of the text was so much better than I expected. Hootkins' narration carries perfect tone with story and especially the monologue and dialogue. It makes a very long story enthralling to the last sentence. I highly recommend this particular reading of Moby Dick.

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    Josh S 03-30-17
    Josh S 03-30-17
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    "Meh, do the other classics first"

    Struggled to finish, many tangents unrelated to the story line. War and Peace was a much easier listen.

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    Emily Writer 03-02-17
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    "No better way to read Moby Dick!"

    I've been working on getting through and reading Moby Dick on my own. I definitely was enjoying it but it was just a little slow going, because Moby Dick is pretty dense. But where has this recording been my whole life!? It is the most amazing performance. The characters and ideas leap off the page and come to life. Hootkins does an incredible job. I was worried before I got it, because the audio sample was such poor quality. No such problems in the real recording. I'm so glad I decided to go for it.

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    Michael Comphel 02-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a classic tangent"

    This book was epic! great performance. get ready to re listen to a few parts..... the language is difficult to comprehend at times.

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    Chaunimat 12-14-16
    Chaunimat 12-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Literature classic"

    The narrator delivered a great performance, bringing humor and captivating me into this story. The style that Moby Dick is written presents with some interesting techniques where one section will make you feel like you're in a Shakespearean monologue, then other's in a layman's encyclopedia, followed by a Preacher's sermon or an allegory about life. I enjoyed every minute of this experience, and would love to do it again!

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    Alex Burgess 10-16-16

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    "Amazing Beyond Words"

    This has to simply be the greatest piece of literature and narration I have ever and will ever experience. Here's nothing else I can say!

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 10-05-16
    Garry Cannington, Australia 10-05-16 Member Since 2014

    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

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    "WOW - what a book and what a listen"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    Enjoy

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  • James Smythe
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    "Boring but informative"
    What would have made Moby Dick better?

    A totally different story


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The observation of Queeqweg practicing his religion


    Any additional comments?

    This was just not my thing. Very slow plot but it is very informative and well written. As far as I am concerned it may as well have been 45 hours listening to drying paint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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