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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.
First off William Hootkins needs to narrate more books because he is amazing. This book is already one of the best books ever written, but accompanied with the narrative skills of Mr. Hootkins, this audio book becomes epic. If your going to listen to Moby Dick, pick this one. Even I the sample sounds like is coming through a tin can, it doesn't.
A vast, wonderful novel that, in my college days, I sacrificed to Cliff notes. Thankfully, my loss has been more than redeemed by the tour de force reading of Mr. Hootkins. What more to say of this immense and stirring tale? The modern reader may remain reticent about the long and sometimes detailed narrative, but to him or her I cry "Avast and fear ye not!" This is a classic better listened to than read... and I guarantee the performance of Mr. Hootkins will immerse you in a veritable Shakespearean Ocean of drama, vocabulary and prose!
If you've only ever known William Hootkins from his Porkins character in Star Wars, you will be shocked by his impassioned reading, right from the beautiful opening chapter. Here was clearly a man who knew the book inside out. This was my first time reading Moby Dick and I can't imagine a better or more entertaining guide.
THE NARRATOR'S CHARACTERIZATION WAS SPOT ON.
WHEN THEY CAME UPON THE CAPTAIN LOOKING FOR HIS SON WHO WAS LOST AT SEA AND AHAB TURNED AWAY...THAT WAS PURE HEARTBREAK AND SHOWED JUST HOW OBSESSED HE WAS WITH MOBY ICK.
THE SEARCH FOR THE WHITE WHALE
I DON'T KNOW HOW I MADE IT THROUGH SCHOOL WITHOUT READING THIS CLASSIC, BUT I'M GLAD I TOOK A CHANCE TO READ IT AS AN ADULT. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED LEARING ABOUT THE NANTUCKET WHALING TRADITION AND THE TALE OF THE GREAT WHITE WHALE!.
This is a massive book, with some obscure parts. The Reader illuminates all parts of the book. I have read Moby Dick many times, but the performance brings it to vivid life.
The scene where Ahab ties the crew to his mad pursuit is brilliantly told.
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.
Not really. This is one of very few instances where I maybe should have bought an abridgement.
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.
The story and subsequent literary meanderings of H. Melville aside, the narration was gripping and very, very well done.
I have not as I'm quite new to this.
"the white whale wants to be your friend... right?"
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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