Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.
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I realize this is a classic, and I am ashamed that this is the first time I have read/listened to it, but I found it incredibly boring. I couldn't even imagine trying to read it.
I originally bought this book thinking that it would be a good one to go to sleep to. I had always heard that it was the most boring and long-winded book ever written.
Mark Nelson's narration was simultaneously calming and engaging. He does a brilliant job with different voices, and he dramatizes the right parts without overdramatizing.
Let me just say that I don't believe I would have ever attempted to read this as a book. It would have been too heavy to lug around, and I would have been intimidated by the size and its reputation for being so boring. However, as an audiobook, it exceeded my expectations.
Anyone who knows anything about Moby Dick or Herman Melville knows that Moby Dick is an exercise in descriptive writing. On paper, that kind of description gets old really fast, but in audiobook format, you feel as if you were there, on board the ship, getting to know the crewmen and the whaling industry.
I should mention that this book is not for the faint of heart. I almost didn't survive the descriptions of how to dissect a whale in the open ocean and the looks on the whales faces as they lay dying. There is quite a lot of gore involved that would be dificult if not offensive for animal lovers to endure. However, if you enjoy studying animals, rest assured that you will have an in-depth knowledge of whales and whale anatomy by the end of the book.
Melville uses the Bible and Biblical comparisons throughout the book, and generally, he does this well. He even has a sense of humor. I found myseslf laughing out loud on several occasions while listening to some of his more imaginative similes and metaphors.
It didn't turn out to be the bedtime book I had imagined, but it did turn out to be a whale of a tale that I enjoyed. Thank you Mark Nelson for bringing Moby Dick to life.
I have tried to read this book in paper no fewer than 3 times and could never get past about 30 chapters because the language always slowed me down to a crawl. There is a lot of colloquialism in the writing. Listening to it was a joy, however. I never needed to worry about interpreting the language incorrectly or go back for context.
I've not read or listened to another book like MD. I guess that's why it's such a classic.
If you're a fan of any pop culture, Moby is a must-listen! You'll find yourself thinking, "Hey, I've heard that before," or, "so that's where that came from!" Thoroughly enjoyable.
some descriptions about whaling
this is Melvilles most difficuilt book. It was one of his best tales Listening to the tale is easier than trying to read the book. All in all the audio was done very well
Probably not and if I do it will be only for academic purpouses.
The voice change between characters is nice though elderly characters tend to sound the same.
The whole relationship of the narrator with Queequeg was very sweet and light-hearted.
Being the first time I encounter Mobby Dick, I think this audible book helped me a lot not getting lost. The book is not by anyway easy but what classic of those times really is?
I read this in conjunction with the print version, and the two complement one another very well.
LIFE OF PI is another book about an ocean voyage in which the allegorical and symbolic elements are matched by the chatty, discursive approach.
His tone is a little soporific at times, and every once in a while he mispronounces a word, but overall it's very competent.
It's whales all the way down.
A wonderful experience listening to this in the car.
I am an attorney for a higher education research institution. I am married, have two children, and I love my organic vegetable garden.
The content is obviously great, but the reader is terrible. It makes it extremely difficult to listen to this famous story. There is no emotion and he appears to not understand what he is reading. No wonder this was on the cheap list.
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