In the dark depths of the bottomless sea dwells a white demon, taking shape as the Leviathan known as Moby Dick. One year ago, the malefic brute crunched off the leg of the ungodly Captain Ahab, who now swears revenge. So runs the epic tale of Moby Dick, the supernal work of Herman Melville. In this unabridged production, you will walk with the young sailor Ishmael through the fires of life on a whaling vessel. Each character is brought to life by the narration of B.J. Harrison, who also turns Melville’s sometimes over-potent expository information into an easily digestible treat.
Public Domain (P)2013 B.J. Harrison
I've wanted to read this book in its entirety for years but couldn't commit the time. Listening to it however is a breeze.
Any of the big classics of the 19th century by the likes of: Dickens, Poe, Austen, Twain, etc.
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This book is packed with significance and multiple layers. Everyone knows that. But what I didn't know is that it's actually a very easy read, full of light and humorous moments and fantastic adventure. Can't speak for the multiple other narrators whose versions are also available on Audible, but this reader, BJ Harrison, is terrific. Here's another thing: I just finished Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" Stylistically speaking, I'm sure she was influenced by Moby Dick.
I was not completely comfortable with the language in this story. There is no swearing but to call it English is a stretch. I am completely aware the problem with the language is my narrow compression given that I am Midwest United States born and raised. I needed to listen to several passages multiple times to grasp the intent.
I understand now why this book is considered a classic. I feel that I should have read this earlier. I feel fortunate that I read it now. They're making a movie, I hope they don't screw it up.
I have heard of Moby Dick all my life and remember trying to read it as a young middle schooler. I just powered through the Audible version--on 2x speed-- and feel as though I should be rewarded for exceptional fortitude. This is a fragmented, verbose, boring book--interspersed with bloody repulsive butchery as seasoning. The story of Crazy Ahab and his hunt for the white whale should have been told in 4 to five chapters instead of 130+.
I don't get it--there were truly great books contemporary to this, i.e. Count of Monte Cristo, Great Expectations--why is this book on required reading lists?
Difficult to get used to the 19th c. language. I'd like to do a little research on nautical terms of the period and have another do.
The particulars of whaling were brutal. The book goes into great detail. Very disturbing withh our 21st c.view of the great mammals. It's important to keep the 19th c whalers' perspective in mind.
Melville's Shakespearean epic is intimidating in print, but in B.J. Harrison's many voices & masterful pacing, it remains accessible yet deep & wide.
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