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Publisher's Summary

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.
Public Domain (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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Hilarious; sublime

phenomenal performance. amazing story. makes me want to get a physical copy to start underlining and memorizing some of the phrases that were so compelling.

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Beautifully reead!

Thank you Anthony Heald for this beautiful, poetic presentation of this classic. I tried to read it myself 4 times. You made it so magical.

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Great classic!

Narrator did outstanding job, good to re read a classic that is so different in style from the modern novel.

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An Exercise in Patience

What did you like best about Moby Dick? What did you like least?

I liked when the author was actually telling the story. I liked least the many and sundry deviations from the story which drug on and on and on.

Would you ever listen to anything by Herman Melville again?

Possibly.

Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

I really thought that the narrator did an excellent job portraying each of the characters in the book.

Was Moby Dick worth the listening time?

NO! There is a reason why this book is abridged. Melville goes off on these tangents over and over again which add nothing to the story and make Ishmael come off as a know-it-all ass.

Any additional comments?

Find an abridged version which only tells the story without all of the sundry deviations.

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  • John
  • Petaluma, CA, United States
  • 02-05-13

Classic well read and yar!

Would you listen to Moby Dick again? Why?

perhaps, but I'll read it first

What other book might you compare Moby Dick to and why?

Melville draws in so much and creates such a rich, unique story, nothing really compares.

What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Heald brings life to the character voices and sets a tempo making it engaging and approachable.

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

no

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Long winded and blow-harded!

Would you try another book from Herman Melville and/or Anthony Heald?

Not in my lifetime.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A good Stephen King Novel.

How could the performance have been better?

Since there was so little actual dialogue it is hard to tell. The narrator could do Ahab quite well, but the other people sounded alike.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It taught me the meaning of some modern terms such as "Jury Rig" and "There she blows!"

Any additional comments?

Too wordy and too off-kilter for me.

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  • murray
  • LOS ANGELES, CA, United States
  • 08-27-12

great reading - great novel

What did you love best about Moby Dick?

great novel but the story was somewhat thin. quick somebody tell someone but the overall majesty of this book is what makes it such a treasure. and it is a book about whales and whalers which is fascinating.
the reader was really wonderful - heald - just perfect. took me a while to warm up to him but about 6 hours into it he came alive for me.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

litte bit underplayed actually

Which scene was your favorite?

meeting the fellow whaling ships especially the english one.

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  • George
  • Rockvale, TN, USA
  • 05-29-12

Good but..

Where does Moby Dick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's not the best but it is ranked high

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

No, It gets long and has slow parts.

Any additional comments?

It's a classic that everyone should read. But there is a reason it was not popular in his life time, but is better as a historical account of the old whalers.

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Great Performance! Great Story

If you could sum up Moby Dick in three words, what would they be?

BIG FAT STORY

Any additional comments?

Heald does a great job at communicating both the humor and the epic qualities of this classic. Much ppreciated

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  • Angela
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • 04-26-12

BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND

If you could sum up Moby Dick in three words, what would they be?

The Great American Novel

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ishmael narrates this tale about the hunt for the white wale on his first voyage as a seaman. He tells it without exposing us to his psyche and with reverence for the professional whaler and the honorable men aboard the Pequod. From his very first words of the book "Call Me Ishamel" to the his final words as the only survivor, Ishmael is the keyhole through which we view the events and history and the sea. And most importantly, he makes us believe every word.

Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

No doubt, it was Ahab. Ahab whose madness is reflected in his soulful yearning for a confrontation with Moby Dick but then his poignant revelation of his love of the sea and whaling forces us to wonder if perhaps he was correct to follow his destiny and not mad. This journey evolves slowly and Mr. Heald performs it magnificiently, from the respected captain and earnest whaler to a driven obsessed madman. When Ahab succumbs to Moby Dick he reminesces on the loss of his life and the sacrifices he made to pursue the whale. Sacrifices that include loss of time with his child, wife and home. Mr. Heald presented Ahab with sensitivity and emotion. When members of the crew are killed, Ahab mourns and grieves with voice of an angel and when Ahab realizes that Moby Dick prevails, Mr. Heald projects audible surrender.