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  • Moby-Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Philippe Duquenoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Ishmael, a sailor looking for his next adventure, and his friend who happens to be a former prince, sign up to join a whaling ship in Nantucket. The morning before they set sail on their voyage, many ominous signs of what the pair's fate may be are seen and heard through sermon and prophecy as the two friends ignore the warnings and make their way to the docks. Soon into the trip, the one-legged Captain Ahab announces that the whaling adventure is really a hunt for one very specific large, white sperm whale.

  • Moby Dick: The Whale | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick: The Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

  • Billy Budd, Sailor | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd, Sailor

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Written some 40 years after Moby Dick, Melville's Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor's charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship's cold-blooded superior officer.

  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "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.

  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
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    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

  • Billy Budd | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Michael Lackey
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    In 1797, young Billy Budd is impressed into naval service. It is a perilous time for a British Royal Navy still reeling from mutinies and marauding French ships. When Billy is forcibly transferred to HMS Bellipotent, he evokes the wrath of John Claggart, the ship's master-at-arms. Claggart falsely accuses Billy of conspiracy to mutiny, a charge that will have a profound effect on the fates of both seamen.

  • Moby Dick: or the Whale | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick: or the Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Mark Nelson
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    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.

  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
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    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.

  • Classic Drama: Moby Dick (Dramatised) | Herman Melville

    Classic Drama: Moby Dick (Dramatised)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By F. Murray Abraham
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    Ishmael, the narrator, tells of the adventures of Captain Ahab in his relentless quest to seek revenge on the white whale that bit off his leg. Full of allegory and symbolism, Moby Dick is an epic tragedy of tremendous dramatic power and narrative drive. This large-scale adaptation, recorded in America, skilfully reproduces the unique mixture of adventure, myth, history, and philosophy in Melville's epic tale.

  • The Divine Magnet: Herman Melville's Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne | Herman Melville

    The Divine Magnet: Herman Melville's Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
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    If you don't know Melville's letters to Hawthorne, you don't know Melville. These letters are full of passion, humor, doubt, and spiritual yearning, and offer an intimate view of Melville's personality. Lyrical and effusive, they are literary works in themselves. This correspondence has been out of print for decades, and even when it was in print it appeared in scholarly volumes of Melville's complete correspondence, aimed at the academy.

  • Bartleby, the Scrivener | Herman Melville

    Bartleby, the Scrivener

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
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    The life of a Scrivener can be a dull one. After all, your entire occupation has to do with the handwritten copying of law documents. But when Bartleby arrives, he turns the office upside down with the enigmatic phrase: “I prefer not to.”

  • Billy Budd | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By John Hedigan
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    A model merchant seaman, admired by crew and officers alike for his skill, masculine beauty, and noble nature, Billy Budd's life changes dramatically and irrevocably when he is impressed into the military. Like many sailors in the late 18th century, Billy Budd is forced into service aboard a warship where life is ruthless and unforgiving.

  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
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    Over a century and a half after its publication, Moby Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.

  • Great Classic Stories III: 22 Unabridged Classics | Herman Melville,Kate Chopin,Willa Cather,Mark Twain,Anton Chekhov,Ambrose Bierce,Bret Harte,Jack London

    Great Classic Stories III: 22 Unabridged Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Herman Melville, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, and others
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle, Bronson Pinchot
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    A great new collection of classic short fiction, brilliantly read by a selection of narrators. Includes the following stories: "The Lightening-Rod Man" by Herman Melville, "One of the Missing" by Ambrose Bierce, "The Leopard Man's Story" by Jack London, "Tennessee's Partner" by Bret Harte, "The New Catacomb" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin, "My Watch" and "The Widow's Protest" by Mark Twain, "An Ideal Family" by Kate Mansfield, "A Painful Case" by James Joyce, "Small Fry" by Anton Chekhov, and more!

  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville, Dove Audio - producer

    Moby Dick

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Herman Melville, Dove Audio - producer
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
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    This epic story of Captain Ahab's incredible quest for the elusive great whale is widely regarded as the Great American Novel. Narrator Ishmael's longing for the sea is his sustenance. "Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.... With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship."

  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Oliver Rohrbeck, Helmut Krauss
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    Als Kapitän Ahab mit seiner Mannschaft in See sticht, beginnt eine abenteuerliche Reise. Die Männer sind auf der Jagd nach Moby Dick, dem weißen Wal. Unermüdlich kämpfen sie sich durch stürmische Meere und überwinden unvorhergesehen Gefahren...

  • Benito Cereno | Herman Melville

    Benito Cereno

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    This is the epic sea adventure, a harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship, is often regarded as Melville's finest short story. The balance of forces is complete, the atmosphere one of epic significance, the light cast upon the hero intense to the highest degree, the realization of the human soul profound, and the telling of the story orchestrated like a great symphony.

  • Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street | Herman Melville

    Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Ken Cohen
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    This classic story of a New York lawyer and his oddly rebellious clerk is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1853. Herman Melville brings us into a small Wall Street law office and introduces us to the lawyer and his quirky staff, the quirkiest of whom is poor, quiet Bartleby, whose increasing refusals to participate in office procedures lead to increasingly bewildering and tragic consequences.

  • Moby Dick: The Whale | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick: The Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Piero Baldini
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    Moby Dick dello scrittore americano Herman Melville è oggi considerato uno dei più importanti libri della letteratura mondiale...

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