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    • Moby-Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,957
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,438

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny

    • By Dave on 05-09-12

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Moby Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: William Hootkins
    • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 836
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 733
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 730

    "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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!

    • By Jessica on 02-18-09

    Regular price: $75.59

    • Moby Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 795
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 788

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping despite the minutiae

    • By Sarah on 06-06-08

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Moby-Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Eoin Joyce
    • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale" is a novel by American writer Herman Melville, published in 1851 during the period of the American Renaissance. Sailor Ishmael tells the story of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale which on an earlier voyage destroyed his ship and severed his leg at the knee. The novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891, but during the 20th century its reputation as a Great American Novel was established.

    Regular price: $0.94

    • Moby Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
    • Length: 21 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261

    Ishmael, a sailor looking for his next adventure, and his friend who happens to be a former prince, sign up to join a whaling ship in Nantucket. The morning before they set sail on their voyage, many ominous signs of what the pair's fate may be are seen and heard through sermon and prophecy as the two friends ignore the warnings and make their way to the docks. Soon into the trip, the one-legged Captain Ahab announces that the whaling adventure is really a hunt for one very specific large, white sperm whale.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the ALL TIME greats

    • By Mark on 03-07-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Bartleby, the Scrivener

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 283
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 254

    The life of a Scrivener can be a dull one. After all, your entire occupation has to do with the handwritten copying of law documents. But when Bartleby arrives, he turns the office upside down with the enigmatic phrase: “I prefer not to.”

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listen to this version

    • By Anthony on 05-26-17

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Moby Dick (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
    • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Ignoring prophecies of doom, the seafarer Ishmael joins the crew of a whaling expedition that is an obsession for the ship’s captain, Ahab. Once maimed by the White Whale, Moby Dick, Ahab has set out on a voyage of revenge. With godlike ferocity, he surges into dangerous waters - immune to the madness of his vision, refusing to be bested by the forces of nature. An exhilarating whaling yarn, an apocalyptic theodicy, a tragic confessional, and a profound allegory, Moby Dick encompasses all that it means to be human....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is the one!

    • By Anonymous User on 11-14-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Classic Drama

    • Moby Dick (Dramatised)
    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: F. Murray Abraham
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Ishmael, the narrator, tells of the adventures of Captain Ahab in his relentless quest to seek revenge on the white whale that bit off his leg. Full of allegory and symbolism, Moby Dick is an epic tragedy of tremendous dramatic power and narrative drive. This large-scale adaptation, recorded in America, skilfully reproduces the unique mixture of adventure, myth, history, and philosophy in Melville's epic tale.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent radio drama!

    • By Jack Frasier on 05-22-18

    Regular price: $15.49

    • Billy Budd, Sailor

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 319

    Written some 40 years after Moby Dick, Melville's Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor's charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship's cold-blooded superior officer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good reading of a classic story

    • By Johnny on 06-11-07

    Regular price: $16.09

    • Moby Dick: or the Whale

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Mark Nelson
    • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 243
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 243

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Solid narration of a timeless classic

    • By G.T. on 05-20-12

    Regular price: $6.90

    • Benito Cereno

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    This is the epic sea adventure, a harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship, is often regarded as Melville's finest short story. The balance of forces is complete, the atmosphere one of epic significance, the light cast upon the hero intense to the highest degree, the realization of the human soul profound, and the telling of the story orchestrated like a great symphony.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Timeless Meditation on Racial Hatred

    • By George on 10-08-14

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Moby Dick

    • The Whale
    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 168

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Heed the advice

    • By Agnes Crow on 08-17-14

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Typee

    • A Peep at Polynesian Life
    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Herman Melville is one of the greatest figures in literary history. His classic Moby Dick is generally considered the finest novel ever written by an American. Yet in Melville’s day, Typee was a far more popular book. Largely autobiographical, this classic adventure story is set in the South Seas, where a runaway sailor is captured by the Typees. Described as “a fierce and unrelenting tribe of savages," the islanders have no intention of letting their captive go.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Peeping Typee is Tapu; Reading Typee is Noa!

    • By Darwin8u on 04-21-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Billy Budd

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Michael Lackey
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34

    In 1797, young Billy Budd is impressed into naval service. It is a perilous time for a British Royal Navy still reeling from mutinies and marauding French ships. When Billy is forcibly transferred to HMS Bellipotent, he evokes the wrath of John Claggart, the ship's master-at-arms. Claggart falsely accuses Billy of conspiracy to mutiny, a charge that will have a profound effect on the fates of both seamen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • H2O here isn't wide, but deep w/ strong currents

    • By Darwin8u on 12-04-13

    Regular price: $23.09

    • The Confidence-Man

    • His Masquerade
    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Evoking Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, this is a story of interlocking tales from a group of steamboat passengers traveling down the Mississippi toward New Orleans. Aboard the Fidèle can be found all manner of con men, from those selling stock in failing companies and herbal cure-all "medicines" to those who are raising money for supposed charitable organizations and those who simply ask for money outright.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • great themes and concepts, poor story

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-25-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Moby Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: William Hootkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    Over a century and a half after its publication, Moby Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad at all!

    • By S. Barrett on 07-20-06

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Bartleby the Scrivener and Other Stories

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Herman Melville is now seen as one of the great figures in American literature, a man who expanded the role of the novel and gave new and complex depths to the meaning of a story. His best work uses the form of the novel or the story as a means of carrying and discussing concerns about the nature of humanity, the role of God, and a sometimes satiric, sometimes bitter, examination of colonialism and capitalism.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amusing and unusual

    • By Kenneth on 03-23-09

    Regular price: $13.85

    • Herman Melville: Selected Stories

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell, John Chatty
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Herman Melville, known primarily for his epic Moby Dick, also wrote a number of equally incisive, but much shorter stories. This collection contains four of his best: "Bartelby the Scrivner", "Benito Cereno", "Jimmy Rose", and "The Fiddler".

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Moby Dick [Spanish Edition]

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Staff Audiolibros Colección
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Ismael un joven con experiencia en la marina mercante, decide que su siguiente viaje será en un ballenero. El joven entabla una amistad con el arponero Queequeg, con quien se enrolan en el Pequod, dirigido por el misterioso y autoritario capitán Ahab, un viejo lobo de mar con una pierna construida con la mandíbula de un cachalote. Ahab revelará a su tripulación que el objetivo del viaje, más allá de la caza de ballenas en general, es la persecución tenaz a Moby Dick, enorme ballenato que lo privó de su pierna.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maravillosa obra

    • By Ivan Gonzalo Perez Prado on 07-14-18

    Regular price: $14.35

    • Billy Budd

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: John Hedigan
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    A model merchant seaman, admired by crew and officers alike for his skill, masculine beauty, and noble nature, Billy Budd's life changes dramatically and irrevocably when he is impressed into the military. Like many sailors in the late 18th century, Billy Budd is forced into service aboard a warship where life is ruthless and unforgiving.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I Hate IT

    • By Ruben De Jesus on 10-21-18

    Regular price: $2.79

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