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Author: Herman Melville Narrator: William Hootkins Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781429587280

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Moby-Dick is one of the great epics in all of literature. Captain Ahab's hunt for the white whale drives the narrative at a relentless pace, while Ishmael's meditations on whales and whaling, on the sublime indifference of nature, and on the grimy physical details of the extraction of oil provide a reflective counterpoint to the headlong idolatrous quest. Sometimes read as a terrifying study of monomania or as a critical inquiry into the effects of reducing life to symbols, Moby-Dick also offers colorful and often comic glimpses of life aboard a whaling ship.

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About the Author

Herman Melville (1819–1891) was born in New York City. Family hardships forced him to leave school for various occupations, including shipping as a cabin boy to Liverpool in 1839—a voyage that sparked his love for the sea. A shrewd social critic and philosopher in his fiction, he is considered an outstanding writer of the sea and a great stylist who mastered both realistic narrative and a rich, rhythmical prose. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick and the posthumously published novella Billy Budd.

About the Narrator

William Hootkins (1948-2005) was an American character actor, most famous for supporting roles in blockbusters such as Star Wars, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Hardware. He trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and appeared on stage at the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End. William was also a voice-over artist and recorded dozens of plays for the BBC and narrated works by Jack London, Robert Bloch, and Carl Hiaasen for audiobooks. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2005.