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Moby Dick Audiobook

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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    Stephen Goodman SIMI VALLEY, CA, US 09-17-12
    Stephen Goodman SIMI VALLEY, CA, US 09-17-12
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    "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.


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    Alex Ramsey RAVENSDALE, WA, US 01-16-16
    Alex Ramsey RAVENSDALE, WA, US 01-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book ever"

    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.

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    Damian 12-24-15
    Damian 12-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A mighty typhoon of metaphor and language!"

    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!

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    brandon 12-10-15
    brandon 12-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    I did struggle to finish because the book is so long. The narrator is phenomenal in his acting and i recommend this audio book to anyone who wants to try Moby Dick.

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    Morgan 09-13-15
    Morgan 09-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pick this one, it's stunning."

    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.

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    Renee G. California 07-09-15
    Renee G. California 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVELY OLD CLASSIC"
    What made the experience of listening to Moby Dick the most enjoyable?

    THE NARRATOR'S CHARACTERIZATION WAS SPOT ON.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moby Dick?

    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.


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

    NO


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

    THE SEARCH FOR THE WHITE WHALE


    Any additional comments?

    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!.

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    Jerrold J Brody 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Reading Transforms It"
    If you could sum up Moby Dick in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene where Ahab ties the crew to his mad pursuit is brilliantly told.


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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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    Paul Pittsburgh, PA 12-13-14
    Paul 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?"


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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.

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