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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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