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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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    Bob Killian chicago 04-02-14
    Bob Killian chicago 04-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best audio books ever."

    I will read it again next year. And every year.
    It was part of my bucket list books-I-always-meant-to-read, but it exceeded every expectation. Wonderful book, great performance.

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    Thomas PROVIDENCE, RI, United States 03-10-14
    Thomas PROVIDENCE, RI, United States 03-10-14
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    "Tour de force reading performance by narrator"
    Where does Moby Dick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For those who love the story of Moby Dick and audiobooks in general this is a great book. William Hootkins' performance is deep, nuanced, and adds a tremendous amount to the cast of characters and the layers of this book. One of a kind production in my view.


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    Tanuki San Los Angeles, CA USA 05-31-13
    Tanuki San Los Angeles, CA USA 05-31-13 Member Since 2012

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Agonizingly dull and boring"

    Ishmael is bored and wants to sail... blah blah blah... Cannibal... blah blah blah... Ahab is crazy... blah blah blah... whale encyclopedia... blah blah blah... harpoon... blah blah blah... Moby Dick kills everyone but Ishmael.

    The narrator is good though.

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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 12-29-12
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 12-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Truly is an outstanding reading of a classic,"

    First off,I hate to admit it,but I am a very picky person [a.k.a. a big pain in the A@# ].however,I like and recognize quality and do not apologize for praising it.This REALY is the best reading of this book out there..I like this book but honestly it draggs at points..This great narator realy fills those moments so this novel is digested as a continuous whole.I HIGHLY recommend this version of Moby Dick..you can trust all the reviews praising it[ that coming from a big picky pain in the A@#} ENJOY!

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    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12
    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12
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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


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    D. MacLeod Milford, PA USA 10-21-11
    D. MacLeod Milford, PA USA 10-21-11 Member Since 2000
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    "Excellent narration"

    The narrator makes the book come alive. The poetry shines through, Melville's humor appears, and the more tedious sections become interesting.

    I first read Moby Dick in college and ended up skipping through a number of chapters. Now I see what I missed. I ended up reading my old copy while simultaneously listening in order to focus on the words and meanings as much as possible.

    Previously I've listened to abridged versions, which ultimately raised my interest in the unabridged narration. If the whole book still appears daunting to you, try an abridged version first. I liked the Naxos recording best, which I bought on CD before Audible was around.

    Moby Dick is one of the most profound books of our culture. This narration makes it much more accessible.

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    Kenneth Morgan Hill, CA, United States 05-08-11
    Kenneth Morgan Hill, CA, United States 05-08-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great performance, ponderous story."

    This felt like the longest book I've ever listened to and that's saying something considering I've listened to "War and Peace" and several other nearly as long. Melville gives an in depth look at whales and whaling circa 1850. While some of this is interesting, it is also a bit dry, like listening to a text book at times. I abhor violence against animals, which made this book an odd choice for me and made it difficult to listen to the descriptions of whale hunting. I wanted to read it anyway to see how Melville handled attitudes towards the whales the morality of the hunt. I was not wholly satisfied on that regard.

    Hootkin's performance was excellent, breathing life into what could have been a very laborious listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 12-06-09
    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2005

    Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.

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    "Great story....when you get to it"

    I've seen Gregory Peck's Moby Dick a few times and was looking forward to listening to this "classic". It's a great story but there's a Pacific Ocean of whaling trivia to wade through every hour or so. Barry is right, get the abridged version or the movie. I've trudged through and enjoyed many drawn out Victorian novels. None have tried my patience as much as Melville did.

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    J. Modesto, CA, United States 10-15-11
    J. Modesto, CA, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2011

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    "DISAPPOINTED, A LITTLE"

    The book was a sensation in 1851 and is universally hailed as a classic. But the state of the art of storytelling has moved on. The story is bogged down in details that seem superfluous in this age of moving pictures. And worse, the author spends a great deal of time vilifying whales contrary to modern marine biology. And just to poke him in the eye while I'm at it, he calls whales "fish."

    But I have to say I'm glad I soldiered through it for four reasons:

    1) Sprinkled thoughout are moments of superative poetry and prose;
    2) it gave my a good perspective on modern styles;
    3) now I can understand what they're talking about when someone refers to it;
    and most importantly, 4) I can say, "Yes, I have 'read' Moby Dick."

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Sammamish, WA, USA 12-05-08
    Barry Sammamish, WA, USA 12-05-08
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    "Overacting at its best"

    If you want to get "Moby Dick", may I recommend the abridged version. First of all, how this could be considered an American "classic" is beyond me. Melville was so long-winded and William Hootkins, who had a brief appearance in the first "Star Wars" movie as "Porkins", (a fitting name, given his girth) and a somewhat "meatier" role in "Raiders of the Lost Ark", audibly chews the scenery, milking every different character for all their worth, attempting a different accent, pitch, etc. for each one so as to make it "distinct", but the end result sounds so forced, so laborious as to make the listener cringe. This is overacting at it's zenith. Then, we have the length: more minutiae about whales and whaling ships of that time and the men who were "whalers" and "harpooneers" than anyone in this day and age could possibly care about. I kept saying: "When are we going to get to the actual story!?" Do yourself a favor. Download the abridged version which is about 15 hours shorter than the unabridged one and try to avoid downloading the one with Mr. Hootkins' "performances". Better yet, rent one of the movie versions with Gregory Peck or Patrick Stewart.

    4 of 38 people found this review helpful
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