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Moby Dick Audiobook

Moby Dick

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Publisher's Summary

"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.

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    Dave Marzec 03-23-15
    Dave Marzec 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "William Hootkins!"

    Wow! Has to be the greatest American novel ever written; and Melville couldn't have done it without Hootkins. Funny, philosophical, so much deeper than I ever imagined; and most of it I would have missed if I had read it myself. Thank you Mr. Hootkins!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12
    Donald ANGLETON, TX, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Mighty masterpiece"
    Would you listen to Moby Dick again? Why?

    It's a classic with references to a lot of other shows and books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moby Dick?

    I am madness maddened


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the cook shouts over the ripping flesh of the whale as the sharks gourge on fat and meat.


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

    Yes, it brings out a complete and mesmurizing understanding of the wholesome glory of whaling


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Goodman SIMI VALLEY, CA, US 09-17-12
    Stephen Goodman SIMI VALLEY, CA, US 09-17-12
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    "A Blubbery Good Time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moby Dick to be better than the print version?

    Yes. You can get into details that might put you to sleep i print.


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

    Yes. He is great. The story comes alive with his story-telling.


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    James 08-11-17
    James 08-11-17
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    "A finely narrated mural"

    You know what will happen, so that is not why you read the book. This book paints so much detail that you will know every character and so much about whales that you will feel every emotion. The performance is one of the best I've listened to. Not your normal listen though.

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    a reader 08-10-17
    a reader 08-10-17
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    Bravo!!! If you want to understand the drama and magnificence that is moby dick, this is the narration!

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    Chester 08-02-17
    Chester 08-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful"

    The best audio acting I've ever heard. It's a very long book but I was sad when it ended.

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    G. Butera Providence, RI 06-23-17
    G. Butera Providence, RI 06-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The best narration!"

    I have listened to dozens of audiobooks, many well read, but none as well as this one. Moby Dick is a long slog, but this reading made even the most tedious chapters tolerable, if not always pleasurable. The performance is brilliant!!

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    Adam D. Brown Winnetka, IL United States 06-16-17
    Adam D. Brown Winnetka, IL United States 06-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "What a performance!"

    William Hootkins simply blew me away with his reading performance on this one. Unparalleled! He made a long (and frankly tedious in parts) classic completely spellbinding.

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    Gabriel Afana 06-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "It's not a story, it's an encyclopedia"

    80% of the book has nothing to do with the story. It goes off into tangents for chapters at a time. This really is a terrible book. I have no idea why it's considered a classic.

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    Rein 05-16-17
    Rein 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A powerful delivery"

    A splendid narration of one of the true classics. William Hootkins voice acting is superb.

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  • James Smythe
    4/11/16
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    "Boring but informative"
    What would have made Moby Dick better?

    A totally different story


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The observation of Queeqweg practicing his religion


    Any additional comments?

    This was just not my thing. Very slow plot but it is very informative and well written. As far as I am concerned it may as well have been 45 hours listening to drying paint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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