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 listen to audiobooks on my way to/from work every morning, and this book took me almost two months to listen to, and it was worth every minute. It's one of those feelings of achievement and satisfaction you get only from finishing something worthwhile. I never read this book growing up, and I anticipated it to be hard enough to follow in print, not to mention in audio form. But Mark Nelson did a fabulous job not only managing all the various accents and voice textures, but also in how he handled all the dialects present in the text. I have an appreciation for anyone who reads a book well, and a book like this is twice as difficult to read aloud as a normal novel. Well worth the time spend listening.
I didn't expect all the tertiary information Melville provided about the whaling trade and life at sea. It was an unexpected, but not unwelcome, addition to what I did expect. The narrative portions themselves were so good I listened to some chapters twice, especially the very last chapter.
My favorite scenes have to be when Stubb made the Cook preach to the sharks, and of course the final battle with Moby Dick.
I was moved by Ahab's existential reflections toward the end of the book, and I was saddened by Ahab's final benevolent desire to see Starbuck make it back to his family.
I never read this book growing up, and I anticipated it to be hard enough to follow in print, not to mention in audio form. But Mark Nelson did a fabulous job not only managing all the various accents and voice textures, but also in how he handled all the dialects present in the text. I have an appreciation for anyone who reads a book well, and a book like this is twice as difficult to read aloud as a normal novel because of all these accents and dialects. Well worth the time spent listening.
I had recently read Moby Dick in print form, then listened to this audio version. Don't know if I could have followed the story on the audio without having read it first... it would have required rapt attention. And an occasional pause to consult the dictionary! This was a very enjoyable listen... and drew me into the story quite powerfully!
After listening to Moby Dick, I felt like I could hunt, harpoon, skin, and boil down the oil from a whale! While some complain of Melville's excursions into the details of whaling ships, whaling life, and whales, I found it facinating!
Ahab is revealed as a conflicted,
The cost of revenge... to one and to many.
I can see why many consider this one of the best... if not the best... American novel. I know I will be visiting this novel again, and possibly soon.
This reading is enjoyable for those who do not care for overdramatic readings. I could actually believe the teller of the tale was a simple deckhand on a ship who was recounting the story. Thank you.
This book took a few weeks of road time to listen through.
I would definitely want to listen to Moby Dick again. It is such a multi-layered and well-written novel.
Of course, the novel revolves around the events leading up to and including the encounter with Moby Dick. Those events provide the most memorable moments of the novel.
Mark Nelson's understated performance is very appropriate to the whalemen depicted in the novel. His use of various voices for the different characters is never overly theatrical.
Due to the length and depth of this novel it is best to read it a few chapters at a time. Its relatively short chapters make this book very much suited to the audio format.
Too long gone, two wrongs right, to a brighter day and Tupelo night . . .
I own a nice leather-bound edition of this book. It's been collecting dust on my bookshelf for almost two decades. I've attempted to read it a few times; however, never made it beyond chapter three.
Thanks to Audible and their $2.95 pricing for this book, I was finally able to experience the brilliance of this story for myself. Sometimes it's nice to have someone else do the reading on these meaty classics.
True, the narration is not the best. The pacing is a bit fast, but still a good listen. Mark Nelson, with this title at least, is more of a reader than a voice actor.
I did not read this in high school, and I kind of glad I didn't. I honestly don't know if I would have gotten all of the humor at that time. Not only was I surprised by the puns and word play, but also by how modern it felt. What a great read.
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.
Mark Nelson is brilliant at capturing the characters in this complex story, and his inflections and general character help place the book when and where it was written.
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.
"Great novel, less keen on the narrator"
Maybe it's me, I come from a nautical family. Maybe it's the way those words are pronounced in the USA but it spoilt it for me hearing the word gunwales pronounced 'gun wales' and the word forecastle pronounced 'fore castle'. Every time I heard what I consider to be a mispronounciation I found myself shouting 'No...it's fohk suhl' or 'No..it's gun'l ' (forgive my spelling, I can say it but may not be able to spell it phonetically). So I would not recommend this edition with this narrator.
As for the novel...a very slow starter but grew and by the time I was half way through I couldn't wait to get back to it. I'd never seen the film so didn't know what was going to happen and was captivated with the characters. Iconic first line, brilliant ending.
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