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Orca

Narrated by: Mark Moseley
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Orca - the killer whale - is one of the most intelligent creatures in the universe. He hunts in packs, like a wolf. Incredibly, he is the only animal other than man who kills for revenge. He has one mate, and if she is harmed by man, he will hunt down that person with a relentless, terrible vengeance -across seas, across time, across all obstacles.

©1976, 2003 Arthur Herzog (P)2014 Arthur Herzog

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Same story, different attitude

So if you’re like me and you sought this book out because you’re a fan of the movie, you both will and won’t be surprised. You won’t be in that it mostly follows the same plot of a man pitted to do battle with a ‘revengeful’ killer whale in a coastal New Foundland village, the only major plot difference being the extended Miami opening. In terms of a lead character, Jack Campbell is very different from the Nolan character from the film, with a very different backstory; neither is better or worse than the other. Nolan’s backstory in the film is much more tragic, which I feel works a bit better in how he relates to the main orca. On the other hand, while he isn’t necessarily more likeable, Jack feels a bit livelier. I suppose it boils down to personal preference, but I feel all the characters in the book have a bit of a better characterization.
As for the plot of the film, the extended Miami opening, while maybe a bit superfluous, gives the book an extra little bit of an adventure feel. Still, while there are a few moments of intensity, it’s better to think of this story not as a horror piece, but as a contemplation filled drama; the big hook of the story is to imagine if it was Moby Dick who wanted revenge, and then Captain Ahab just wanted to be left alone. I will say the book has quite a few scientific inaccuracies, and Jack’s relationship with Rachel leads to some questionably outdated narrative moments. What saves it, for me anyways, is the titular orca himself, Nickfin, who comes off as both truly intimidating and tragic.
I also like the cold New Foundland setting, which feels quite different from, sigh, Amity Island’s warm New England setting. Speaking of which, in terms of narration, while the main narrator is a fine if basic choice, he absolutely nails the few New Foundland accents found sprinkled through the book, hence the 5 star rating.
To summarize, I dug this book. The main thing I guess is that if you like the movie, you’ll like the book. In some ways, the book is a bit more upbeat than the dour movie, and while that leads to some things feeling a bit flat in comparison, you can’t help but like the way the characters are written here. At about 5ish hours, I guess this is a good book to listen to if you want an alternative to Jaws, or are, like I was, feeling moody on a perfectly pleasant Summer day.

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Orca the Killer Wale

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

Because it is a wonderful book

What other book might you compare Orca to and why?

None other like it

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending

If you could rename Orca, what would you call it?

The Killer Whale

Any additional comments?

Orca is also movie,

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  • Dallas Winston 9
  • 01-07-18

A good seafaring romp for Jaws fans

Would you listen to Orca again? Why?

Yes. It certainly wasn’t a boring listen. Entertaining and a good companion to the old movie.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the man vs beast aspects plus the revenge themes. It was more mature than the film and a bit more believable. (A bit)

Have you listened to any of Mark Moseley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First time I encountered this narrator. He gave a great performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was actually quite profound.

Any additional comments?

Fans of the film will definitely enjoy it.