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Moby-Dick Audiobook

Moby-Dick

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Publisher's Summary

Its famous opening line, "Call me Ishmael," dramatic in its stark simplicity, begins an epic that is widely regarded as the greatest novel ever written by an American. 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.

When Melville's father died in 1832, the young man's financial security went too. For a while he turned to school-mastering and clerking, but failed to make a sustainable income. In 1840 he signed up on the whaler, Acushnet, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was just 21. A whaler's life turned out to be both arduous and dangerous, and in 1842, Melville deserted ship. Out of this experience and a wealth of printed sources, Melville crafted his masterpiece.

©1987 Recorded Books, LLC.; (P)1987 Recorded Books, LLC.

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    Heath Texas 08-12-16
    Heath Texas 08-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "hard to follow"

    there were so many parts that dragged on as interesting as the story is... happy to have read it tho

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    Natalie Bartels 08-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"
    What did you love best about Moby-Dick?

    Because of this brilliant recording, Moby-Dick is one of my favorite novels. Ishmael presents his whale-of-a-tale as the most epic fishing story of al time, but it is as profound as the very ocean itself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Ishmael's narrative voice. He has the eye of a poet and presents his observations of the world in beautifully crafted passages, like tiny vivid paintings. During the mountainous hike to the story's climax, each chapter is hung with the sparkling ornaments of Ishmael's experiences. Moby-Dick was quite ahead of its time, is a highly sophisticated novel, and this is probably why it was not popular when it was first published.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Muller's performance was marvelous. Now when I return to this recording, I can't help but smile at the sound of his voice as he assumes Ishmael's character and reads the famous opening lines. I got this recording for an Am. Lit. class, and I am still convinced that I was the only one in the class who got through the entirety of the novel and this is all thanks to Muller's brilliant recording.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, Moby-Dick cannot be consumed all at once. You need time to reflect on it. It gets quite heavy at parts, and Muller's narration helps carry you through the tougher sections.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this recording. It was worth every minute. A friend recommended it to me and in turn I have lent access to it to three other friends who have all been equally captivated.

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    Walter Loewenstern 08-04-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Magnificent writing, excellent performance"

    When I started listening I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. But I got into the poetry and loved the book. If you want fast action this is not the book for you.

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    Ronald Shaw 07-25-16
    Ronald Shaw 07-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "More ameture whaling documentary than a story"

    Narration was excellent but author deviates to long philosophical, religious, political and personal rants as well as extreme explanations and ameture biology lectures. so that the actual narrative is less than 10% of the whole thing

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    mtracy 07-12-16
    mtracy 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A strange, wonderful story, but with painful bits"

    the narrator was very good. the plot excellent, but the detailed whaling sections were painful.

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    Louis Lapides 06-25-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Whale of Storytelling"

    Moby Dick is a classic work. The plot is well known to all familiar with literary giants like Melville.

    The draw of the book is not the plot but Melville's subplot of how he paints his narrative. His mastery of words keeps the book moving forward much like the ship Pequeg in pursuit of Moby Dick. Melville's fathomless vocabulary is a delight to any reader who enjoys the craft of writing.

    What an adventure! I highly recommend this book to all ages. I read it first when I was 10 years old and now 59 years later the magnetism of the book still lures me to enjoy Ahab's pursuit of the white whale.

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    Michael A. Jones 06-15-16
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    "way too long"

    loved the book but was a very long story.
    All in all best of the best.

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    Michael 06-03-16
    Michael 06-03-16
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    "Not what I was hoping for"

    Good narrator, story was a little weak in my view.. Worth the listen all in all

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    Chris T 05-29-16
    Chris T 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unquestionably an American Classic"

    The audiobook performance is masterful and the plot riddled with the qualities of any great work. Melville is often more poet than plot driven author, but he makes many of the most mundane routines of a whaler sound magical. One can not help but feel anguish for the death of these whales knowing now how intelligent they are, but we glimpse a past way of life and realize how timeless this novel's moral about obsession is.

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    Michael Upshur 05-17-16
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    "classic"

    this book is brilliantly written, and amazingly narrated. highly enjoyable. one my top 5 classics

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