We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Moby Dick Audiobook

Moby Dick

Regular Price:$75.59
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

© and (P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (356 )
5 star
 (204)
4 star
 (72)
3 star
 (48)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (12)
Overall
4.3 (279 )
5 star
 (169)
4 star
 (58)
3 star
 (29)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (10)
Story
4.6 (277 )
5 star
 (208)
4 star
 (50)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12
    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Stephen Goodman SIMI VALLEY, CA, US 09-17-12
    Stephen Goodman SIMI VALLEY, CA, US 09-17-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Andrew 08-06-16
    Andrew 08-06-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Incredible Performance"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Peter 07-18-16
    Peter 07-18-16 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    ""And Jonahh... JOOONNAHHH!!!""
    What made the experience of listening to Moby Dick the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    The accents, the voices, the thrill. A powerful voice perfect to convey the dark depths of the mad sea and its men.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer D Lowe 06-21-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing version!"

    I have several readings of this classic, and this is by far the best I've heard. The reader makes what can be a daunting book come alive with his energetic reading. Personally this is my favorite of the classics, and if you are looking for a version of Moby Dick for your audio library pick up this one, it will never disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James Adkins 06-08-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow!!"

    An incredible reading of a gripping story. I fully recommend this amazing piece of literature!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alex 05-27-16
    Alex 05-27-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book"

    Voice actor overacts but for the content it woks really well. Definitely recommend. Great way to finally read a literary classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    direryu 05-25-16
    direryu 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great job!"

    Loved it beginning to end! Absolutely awesome story! But above all was the life given to each and every character, and all done by one voice actor at that, William Hootkins you deserve the highest award possible for this performance! I will be looking into other books read by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris 04-24-16
    Chris 04-24-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best Narration EVER!"

    I have listened to hundreds of audio books. This is by far the best narration that I have ever heard. Moby Dick is a very hard read but the narrator cuts through it like butter with passion and clarity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edward 04-15-16
    Edward 04-15-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great performance, slow story."

    Hootkins was awesome! I'm hoping he has done other books but I have not looked yet.

    I am a person who is very against the idea of an abridged book, but in this case if you just want to hear the well known story of Ahab and the White Whale I would get the abridge. This full story includes so much whale trivia that is takes the fun from that story. Hootkins did his best to save it.

    Long drawn out over detailed book.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.