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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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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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    Amazon Customer Tennessee 05-01-15
    Amazon Customer Tennessee 05-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Loooong, LOOOOOONG book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Boy you sure can tell those 18th and 19th century books. Wow, they were long. People sure had nothing better to do, and it shows. No TV, etc. I mean there are whole chapters in this book about the anatomy of whales. Different types of whales, blah blah blah. I actually couldn't sit through all of it. On the other hand, the narrator was fantastic and I sure don't know how he did it through all of those deadly boring parts.


    Was Moby Dick worth the listening time?

    Not really. This is one of very few instances where I maybe should have bought an abridgement.


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    Dave Marzec 03-23-15
    Dave Marzec 03-23-15 Member Since 2013
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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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    Voltron the Engineer Pittsburgh, PA 12-13-14
    Voltron the Engineer Pittsburgh, PA 12-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Reader and stellar performance!"
    Where does Moby Dick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've not listened to many audiobooks, so take that for what it's worth. This was entirely enjoyable, perfectly (in my not-so-informed admittedly opinion) narrated and very much worth the time invested.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story and subsequent literary meanderings of H. Melville aside, the narration was gripping and very, very well done.


    Have you listened to any of William Hootkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not as I'm quite new to this.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "the white whale wants to be your friend... right?"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. P. Poletti 11-17-14

    Just a guy

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    "Crashes my iPod"
    What would have made Moby Dick better?

    I have repeated downloaded this all the versions and formats crash my iPod. Great book destroyed by incompetent Audible.com fools. Do not waste your money or credits.


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    Bob Killian 04-02-14
    Bob Killian 04-02-14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas PROVIDENCE, RI, United States 03-10-14
    Thomas PROVIDENCE, RI, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2014
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 12-29-12
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. MacLeod 10-21-11
    D. MacLeod 10-21-11
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-31-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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