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Ahab's Wife: The Star-Gazer | [Sena Jeter Naslund]

Ahab's Wife: The Star-Gazer

Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last. This is destined to be remembered as one of the most-recognized first sentences in literature - along with "Call me Ishmael." And Una Spenser, the transcendent hero at the center of Ahab's Wife may well become every bit as memorable as Ahab. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an entirely new universe - an epic-scale, enthralling, and compelling saga, spanning a full, rich, eventful, and dramatic life. In the "soprano voice" whose absence critics lamented in Moby Dick - the strong, intelligent voice of a woman whose life is dominated by the sea - Naslund tells many stories.
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Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last. This is destined to be remembered as one of the most-recognized first sentences in literature - along with "Call me Ishmael." And Una Spenser, the transcendent hero at the center of Ahab's Wife may well become every bit as memorable as Ahab. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an entirely new universe - an epic-scale, enthralling, and compelling saga, spanning a full, rich, eventful, and dramatic life. In the "soprano voice" whose absence critics lamented in Moby Dick - the strong, intelligent voice of a woman whose life is dominated by the sea - Naslund tells many stories.

©1999 Sena Jeter Naslund, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"Ahab's Wife is an epic tour de force, and deserves its rightful place next to Melville's classic...This is a great American novel." (Brett Lott, author of Jewel)

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    Anne Glassboro, NJ, USA 03-03-06
    Anne Glassboro, NJ, USA 03-03-06
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    "Not"

    I listened to the first hour of this abridgement and then compared it to the text, and concluded that I would be better off re-reading the enormous novel instead (for my book club).

    While the abridgement seemed like a decent effort to capture the highlights, and the narration was pleasant, the incredible artistry of this novel's language is largely lost in the process of shortening the lengthy descriptions. You also miss out on the sense of being enveloped in the characters' lives and thoughts. (I think a screenplay writer would have the same problem...I'd rather see it done as a ten hour miniseries.)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joe K. 08-10-08
    Joe K. 08-10-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Moby Dick move over, here comes Una"

    Ahab's wife gives a different dimension to the infamous Captain. Told through the eyes of ( ? can you guess ? ) his wife who's life's story is noteworthy in it's own right. Adventurous, sometimes thought provoking and fanciful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Davis 08-05-03
    Barbara Davis 08-05-03 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful epic"

    I heard the unabridged version of this novel and loved it. The writing was beautiful and the story captivated me. I don't know how the abridged version compares--I don't buy them.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Denver, CO, United States 06-25-14
    Anna Denver, CO, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The abridged version is too choppy and confusing"
    Would you try another book from Sena Jeter Naslund and/or Maryann Plunkett?

    I love Sena Jeter Naslund but the abridged version was so awful and choppy that it did not tell the story well.


    What could Sena Jeter Naslund have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Sena Jeter Naslund wrote an amazing book it is the audio recording that is horrible.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Maryann Plunkett?

    Sure, if she would read the book


    What character would you cut from Ahab's Wife?

    Stop cutting out the characters!!!! That is the problem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bopeep Vermont 02-15-11
    Bopeep Vermont 02-15-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Great story BUT abridged!!!"

    this is a great story. i loved every minute of it. however, when i later saw that it is the abridged version, i was disappointed. i went and bought the book and look forward to hearing the whole story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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