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Moby Dick Audiobook

Moby Dick

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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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    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12
    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2015
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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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Chaunimat 12-14-16
    Chaunimat 12-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Literature classic"

    The narrator delivered a great performance, bringing humor and captivating me into this story. The style that Moby Dick is written presents with some interesting techniques where one section will make you feel like you're in a Shakespearean monologue, then other's in a layman's encyclopedia, followed by a Preacher's sermon or an allegory about life. I enjoyed every minute of this experience, and would love to do it again!

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    Alex Burgess 10-16-16

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    "Amazing Beyond Words"

    This has to simply be the greatest piece of literature and narration I have ever and will ever experience. Here's nothing else I can say!

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 10-05-16
    Garry Cannington, Australia 10-05-16 Member Since 2014

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "WOW - what a book and what a listen"
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    This is a long book and having never 'read' the book itself I took the time to listen and have been blown away with the descriptiveness, story, accuracy and an overwhelming belief this is a true epic.

    Melville's tale does become slow yet I recommend to you to listen all the way through. The description of whale hunting, the whales and about the ships characters is very good.

    Part of the journey of listening to any book is having the right narrator and William Hootkins is amazing. I found his narration to be fun, enjoyable, worth listening too. The descriptions, passion, excitement and even through the slow bits still worthy of my time. I loved the performance and energy. Certainly kept me listening.

    Well worth the time. You will become immersed in the tale and learn so much more.

    Enjoy

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    Joshua Speer Oakland, CA USA 09-26-16
    Joshua Speer Oakland, CA USA 09-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally made it all the way through this "classic"."

    The reader made the impenetrable parts of the story clearer and made the fun parts joyful.

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    Pdxreader 09-24-16
    Pdxreader 09-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Will listen again"

    funny, at first I was like, when are they going to fight the whale? as the story went on and I realized what the whale really was I began to enjoy each little preceding event more and more. The end was sad but no more so than any death. lots of humor and wisdom along the way. The performance is perfect. Will listen again.

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    Audra 09-12-16
    Audra 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    I loved this! The narrator brought Ishmael and the story to life. He carried me through Ishmael's tedious asides and made the action and personalities real.

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    J. Cox 09-01-16
    J. Cox 09-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Overly lengthy but worth it."

    Excellent prose if unnecessarily drawn out. But the ending was worth the very long wait.

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    Andrew 08-06-16
    Andrew 08-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible Performance"

    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.

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