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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.
(P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The greatest of American novels." (Atlantic Monthly)
"[A]n intense, superbly authentic narrative. Its theme and central figure are reminiscent of Job in his search for justice and of Oedipus in his search for truth."(Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature)

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Come on it's Moby Dick!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Of course its a classic. it really gives you an inside view of the whaleing industry in the days before oil from the ground. All machines and lamps used whale oil. No industrial revoloution without it.

What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

I have listened to some horrible narrators but this one is definatly one of the good ones.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Classic, Read Splendidly

The book needs no introduction. Part melodrama, part encyclopedia (one comes away with a fairly intimate sense of the 1850s-era whaling industry and the whaling life), part philosophy, all driving forward like a ship under full sail. The last third of the book is as fine writing as we have.

The narration does all this justice. Heald has fashioned a voice and cadence which seem the man Ishmael himself, and bring his world to life -- perhaps more vividly to life than scanning the words on a printed page would match. One should not be without this experience.

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  • beatrice
  • El Cerrito, CA, United States
  • 12-23-10

epic

It's all here--history, natural history, anthropology, philosophy, and adventure--so rich, so complex. I admit that when I first read this book some 20 years ago , I also found the passages about whales and whale parts puzzling if not annoying. This time around, I loved them, found them profound and evocative, more compelling even than Ahab's famous obsession with the white whale. And Anthony Heald is a talented storyteller, obviously familiar with the material, who gives each word its due; I have no regrets about choosing his narration.

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Audio is the way to go.

Unlike a lot of folks, I was not forced to read "Moby Dick" in school. My English teacher had a penchant for classic science fiction, so we read things like "1984" and "Brave New World." After I finished school I thought I would read it to see what everyone was referencing.

Ugh, what torture. I've tried several times to start the book over the years, and failed early on each time. Finally I decided to download it (and a couple other audible books, just in case) for a long car trip.

It worked perfectly. Having "Moby Dick" read made the inaccuracies of science and the outlandish details much more interesting. It was like sitting across the table from an amiably addled, elderly relative you've asked to spin yarns of the old days. This is definitely the way to experience this story.

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what a book - and what a reader!

this is an amazing, poetic work, and i've never heard any book so masterfully read. Anthony Heald reads Moby Dick with passion and precision, not as if he's reading another author's words, but as if he's dictating the work for the first time himself as he recalls the experiences.

evidently quite a few people find Moby Dick boring, but i don't (not even the section on whales, which i enjoyed as much as the rest of the book). if you're fascinated by language and the grace and elegance of the finest 19th-century English, you probably won't be bored either.

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  • John
  • Madison, WI, USA
  • 12-03-05

Greatest Novel, Excellent Reader

This is my favorite novel of all time, and the reader of this unabridged version does it justice! Having read Moby Dick many times, it's nice to enjoy the audio version that gives it a new dimension, to be sure.

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  • Rick
  • Bloomington, MN, USA
  • 03-17-05

Ahab v. Whale

If you intend to listen to this entire book in order to follow Ahab's famous struggle against evil, you will be surprised at how little of it there actually is. Across 24 hours of listening, I finally gave up waiting for the whale to resurface, and found myself enjoying the detailed descriptions of the mid-19th century whaling industry and sailing vessels. Melville left nothing out of his descriptions of all things salty. If it's Ahab v. Whale you want, then I highly recommend the abridged version, because there is actually very little of it in this full length book. Melville's vocabulary and use of the English language is amazing...people just don't write like this anymore - which may be a good thing for book sales today. But just think, if you listen through the entire 425+ pages, you will be one of the few living people who actually "read" the entire book, and you'll be able to correct pseudo-intellectuals who dare to bring up the subject at cocktail parties.

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Great Narrator, Epic story

Goes on for slightly longer than eternity, but totally worth it. The narrator is also superb, making some otherwise relatively glacial sequences much more enjoyable.

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The finest novel of all English literature read consummately by Anthony heald. Thanks


The finest novel in all English/American literature read gloriously by Anthony Heald. Bravo! Heald captures the poetry of the prose majestically.

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moby dick

Very excellent to listen to as driving long distance and helping to stay awake. I recommend this classic