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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (257,132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Full Cast Publisher: Monterey SoundWorks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 ISBN:
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A splash of the sea and the salt in the ocean air signals the beginning of the greatest whaling adventure of all time. This is literature's great voyage. The challenge of a man against the wonders of nature's ocean, of a man against his own weakness and strengths, and of a man against a demon, or perhaps his God, as he searches for his nemesis, the great white whale.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron Edwards | 2/19/2014

    " I came to understand it, and love it, just as I was entering the last handful of chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra Cameron | 2/6/2014

    " Moby Dick is certainly not my favorite book of all time, however, its fame alone garners it a book of use and importance. Reading this book opens up a world of pop culture references, literary connections and allusions, and emotional responses, so vast that the book's sheer usefulness is almost instantaneously enjoyable. Beside that point, Moby Dick is a book of merit because of Melville's extremely strong writing. Not usually one for the well-known ocean voyage story (think, "The Old Man and the Sea"), I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 2/2/2014

    " All time favorite. A book literally as big as the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Page | 1/31/2014

    " Fantastic! Very good look into the middle 1800s. I was taken back by how humorous it was, it made me laugh out loud multiple times in the first 50 pages. It does get darker as the book goes along. Very wordy and filled with words not commonly used much any longer so it had a tendancy to slow down the reading. Overall I understand why it is an American classic and I cant wait to read it again when I am older. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Savage | 1/27/2014

    " What an epic.So much effort is required to read this but when all of ones concentration powers are going full steam, the writing is amazing. Be warned though. This bloke can drone on mesmerizingly about a piece of rope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randy Zahorchak | 1/23/2014

    " If you eliminated 2/3's of the book it would be great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/22/2014

    " I am so glad I finally read this book. The writing was fun, though not always easy, and I'm about ready to head to Nantucket to look for a spot on a whaling ship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilson Stevens | 1/19/2014

    " This is one of the strangest books I have read in years. I had to use a dictionary, look up information in the encyclopedia, look up photographs of some of the animals. Overall I am glad I have finally read this book. Took longer to read than expected but not a bad book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annette Cass | 1/13/2014

    " Yes - it is a classic. I, like many others, couldn't get through it -- even though I tried to sweeten it by listening to an audio version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Domenic | 1/5/2014

    " A timeless classic! Even though it is quite lengthy it is well worth the time you spend reading it. Moby Dick is one of those books all avid readers should claim to have read once in their lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin Billerbeck | 12/28/2013

    " I always have to skip to the boat. Enough already! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Eppenstein | 12/14/2013

    " Buried in this overly long book is a really good story. Melville needed a better editor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Satyabrat Mishra | 11/15/2013

    " This book had all the ingredients I look for in a book, but something felt amiss. Still a brilliant prose, maybe it's my lacuna that I don't like it as much I should, but yes I was awed by the composition, not so much by the script "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/11/2013

    " A very difficult read. I feel like a frustrated and solitary man on the ocean reading this. Perhaps that is the point? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime Lara | 10/22/2013

    " Melville is an absolute genius. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Graeme | 8/14/2013

    " One of the very few books i could not push through. Dry. Maybe I'll give it another go one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johannes Swanepoel | 7/29/2013

    " Too heavy and long winded. Eventually gave up half way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea (YA Book Queen) | 7/29/2013

    " I remember loving this in high school, but barely got through it this time around. Strange how things change! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen | 6/5/2013

    " Reading this book was once of the worst literary experiences of my life. It's been thirty years since I was forced to read this my freshman year of High School and I am still not over the trauma! Hated it, hated it, hated it........... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona | 2/18/2013

    " I would imagine that people fled from the local taverns when old Herman wandered in for a tipple and a chat. He does go on a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tipper | 11/14/2012

    " This is one of two books I have read that I can honestly rate as meriting five out of five stars. The other is Catch 22. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Turner | 6/11/2012

    " I have read and re-read this book and love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 12/4/2011

    " It was a very slow read. I had difficulty focusing and staying with the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 8/24/2011

    " Forcing kids to read this thing should be considered cruel and unusual punishment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/22/2011

    " The "War & Peace" or "Les Misérables" of whaling; unfortunately I think his execution meandered and failed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/22/2011

    " Wow. Best book I've ever read, no shit and much to my surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 5/21/2011

    " Frank Muller is a superb audio book reader. An epic reader for an epic story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/20/2011

    " Best book. Of. All. Time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 5/19/2011

    " Few better in American literature. Everyone should read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 5/15/2011

    " one of those lovely books we had to read for English "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 5/13/2011

    " This is the second reading of Moby Dick and it was fantastic. The best American novel; beats Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby by leaps and bounds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoey | 5/12/2011

    " This book is so good, but it is so hard to read. Herman Melville could have summed the book up in about a 3 page story. It is still worth it to be able to say I have read it.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ren | 5/11/2011

    " Great prose and poetry in this unabridged version. I did find it at times hard to keep my mind in focus with all the details of cetology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 5/10/2011

    " *Consumed as an Audiobook

    Awesome! A bit dry perhaps, but it was very educational and the not-dry parts were CRAZY exciting! Near the end Ahab spends an entire chapter decrying a Sextant. "

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About the Author
Author Herman MelvilleHerman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.