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3.00000389120199 out of 53.00000389120199 out of 53.00000389120199 out of 53.00000389120199 out of 53.00000389120199 out of 5 3.00 (256,990 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This classic story of high adventure, manic obsession, and metaphysical speculation was Herman Melville’s masterpiece.

On a previous voyage, a mysterious white whale had ripped off the leg of a sea captain named Ahab. Now the crew of the Pequod, on a pursuit that features constant adventure and horrendous mishaps, must follow the mad Ahab into the abyss to satisfy his unslakable thirst for vengeance. Narrated by the cunningly observant crew member Ishmael, Moby Dick is the tale of the hunt for the elusive, omnipotent, and ultimately mystifying white whale—Moby Dick.

On its surface, Moby Dick is a vivid documentary of life aboard a nineteenth-century whaler, a virtual encyclopedia of whales and whaling, replete with facts, legends, and trivia that Herman Melville had gleaned from personal experience and scores of sources. But as the quest for the whale becomes increasingly perilous, the tale works on allegorical levels, likening the whale to human greed, moral consequence, good, evil, and life itself. Who is good? The great white whale who, like nature, asks nothing but to be left in peace? Or the bold Ahab who, like scientists, explorers, and philosophers, fearlessly probes the mysteries of the universe? Who is evil? The ferocious, man-killing sea monster? Or the revenge-obsessed madman who ignores his own better nature in his quest to kill the beast?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim Stephan | 2/20/2014

    " Didn't quite understand the obsession with the white whale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ed | 2/19/2014

    " I had to read this book in high school in 1964 and hated it. About 20 years later I read it again and was captured by it. I think it took me that long recognize the beauty of the language and the descriptive clarity. I still think we could do without the whale anatomy chapters though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily Thomas | 2/19/2014

    " I'm not sure who could or would ever rate this book at less than five stars. I mean, seriously, come on people. Get your priorities straight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Trevor Shane | 2/19/2014

    " I even liked the boring parts... :) "

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