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Moby Dick: or the Whale Audiobook

Moby Dick: or the Whale

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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.

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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    Cameron Hinkle Portland, Oregon 06-19-15
    Cameron Hinkle Portland, Oregon 06-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Difficult but it's clear why it's a classic"

    Lo that more souls would flip these pages, though it be as a tremendous mountain to overcome. The story is epic to be sure but in Mellville's constant metaphoric prose lies the true treasure. And though Nelson's performance comes off as pedestrian at first, his talent shines as the story progresses like the sun rising to its height at noon.

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    Anaximander Texas 09-06-17
    Anaximander Texas 09-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great reader!"

    Classic book, with a great narrator. Outstanding. The best way to experience this great book.

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    rfi123158 04-02-17
    rfi123158 04-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "outstanding"

    great book. well read. I am going to listen to it again as soon as I am done with this review :)

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    J. Newton 05-05-15
    J. Newton 05-05-15
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    "Emotive literary narrative of lost whaling culture"

    Symbolism, song, poetry, superstition, religion, philosophy, and fascinating seafaring knowledge, as well as the forgotten culture associated with the U.S. whaling industry of the early 19th century, are all explored with the meticulous lens of an emotionally-packed artistic literary narrative style.

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    Eileen N. Wagner 03-08-15
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    "Never gets old"

    Was this my 3rd or 4th reading? Each time was wildly better than the last.

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    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 10-29-14
    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 10-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Should have read sooner!"

    I did not read this in high school, and I kind of glad I didn't. I honestly don't know if I would have gotten all of the humor at that time. Not only was I surprised by the puns and word play, but also by how modern it felt. What a great read.

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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-23-13
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful narration brought the book to life"

    I originally bought this book thinking that it would be a good one to go to sleep to. I had always heard that it was the most boring and long-winded book ever written.

    Mark Nelson's narration was simultaneously calming and engaging. He does a brilliant job with different voices, and he dramatizes the right parts without overdramatizing.

    Let me just say that I don't believe I would have ever attempted to read this as a book. It would have been too heavy to lug around, and I would have been intimidated by the size and its reputation for being so boring. However, as an audiobook, it exceeded my expectations.

    Anyone who knows anything about Moby Dick or Herman Melville knows that Moby Dick is an exercise in descriptive writing. On paper, that kind of description gets old really fast, but in audiobook format, you feel as if you were there, on board the ship, getting to know the crewmen and the whaling industry.

    I should mention that this book is not for the faint of heart. I almost didn't survive the descriptions of how to dissect a whale in the open ocean and the looks on the whales faces as they lay dying. There is quite a lot of gore involved that would be dificult if not offensive for animal lovers to endure. However, if you enjoy studying animals, rest assured that you will have an in-depth knowledge of whales and whale anatomy by the end of the book.

    Melville uses the Bible and Biblical comparisons throughout the book, and generally, he does this well. He even has a sense of humor. I found myseslf laughing out loud on several occasions while listening to some of his more imaginative similes and metaphors.

    It didn't turn out to be the bedtime book I had imagined, but it did turn out to be a whale of a tale that I enjoyed. Thank you Mark Nelson for bringing Moby Dick to life.

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    Bob 04-23-14
    Bob 04-23-14
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    "Kind of boring"
    Any additional comments?

    I realize this is a classic, and I am ashamed that this is the first time I have read/listened to it, but I found it incredibly boring. I couldn't even imagine trying to read it.

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    Rich 02-24-17
    Rich 02-24-17
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    "books like this are why young people stop reading"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    first, i know there's a big difference between contemporary and early american literature. this book is an example of how awful early american literature was and only asserts the importance of revolutionaries like ernest hemingway, who transformed writing into something people could actually digest. the only reason to read this book is to feel a need to explore classics, but please do it sparingly. it's just painful.


    What was most disappointing about Herman Melville’s story?

    i think there were 135 chapters, and i think moby dick didn't appear until 132 or 133. too many chapters were actually lessons in marine biology, teaching us the minute details and differences between whale species and mundane goings on aboard the boat. i skipped a good handful of chapters when i realized what i was in for.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Nelson?

    i can't answer who i would replace him with, but what i can say is that the book sounded as if the voice were computer generated. it was delivered rather robotically and unemotionally. zzzzz.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    i was bothered by what seemed like several racist references. i wish i could remember verbatim how a mexican character described himself as basically lazy and without motivation, seemingly as for no other reason than because he was mexican. that was disturbing.


    Any additional comments?

    i had found an abridged version on CD in a local library. i should have chosen that instead of this version.

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    carrieandcorgi 10-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Moby Dick not"

    I had read Moby Dick in high school (I think). I have seen the movie. I had recently watched a documentary about the whaleship Essex. I love whales, particularly angry big white whales. So downloading Moby Dick was a no-brainer. Wow. What a strange, sublime, and confusing book! I felt like Melville had written the last three chapters, put them away for a few years, and then filled in the beginning so he had a novel. Only it's not really a novel. He wrote it prior to Darwins publishing origin of species in 1859. I wonder what kind of book Melville would have written if he had first read origin of species.

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    "perseverance required.."

    only stuck with it to say I had done it, goes on and not much if a story more the biological makeup of whales..

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    "Great novel, less keen on the narrator"

    Maybe it's me, I come from a nautical family. Maybe it's the way those words are pronounced in the USA but it spoilt it for me hearing the word gunwales pronounced 'gun wales' and the word forecastle pronounced 'fore castle'. Every time I heard what I consider to be a mispronounciation I found myself shouting 'No...it's fohk suhl' or 'No..it's gun'l ' (forgive my spelling, I can say it but may not be able to spell it phonetically). So I would not recommend this edition with this narrator.
    As for the novel...a very slow starter but grew and by the time I was half way through I couldn't wait to get back to it. I'd never seen the film so didn't know what was going to happen and was captivated with the characters. Iconic first line, brilliant ending.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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