Moby Dick, or the Whale


Read by Stewart Wills

(4.5 stars; 2026 reviews)

Few things, even in literature, can really be said to be unique — but Moby Dick is truly unlike anything written before or since. The novel is nominally about the obsessive hunt by the crazed Captain Ahab of the book’s eponymous white whale. But interspersed in that story are digressions, paradoxes, philosophical riffs on whaling and life, and a display of techniques so advanced for its time that some have referred to the 1851 Moby Dick as the first “modern” novel. (Summary by Stewart Wills)

(24 hr 37 min)

Chapters

Chapter 000: Etymology and Extracts 29:13 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 001-002 23:56 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 003 34:53 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 004-007 27:10 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 008-009 29:36 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 010-012 19:28 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 013-015 23:08 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 016 35:18 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 017-021 42:49 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 022-025 27:25 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 026-027 19:20 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 028-031 25:00 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 032 36:58 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 033-035 38:11 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 036-040 42:17 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 041 26:29 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 042-044 43:36 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 045-047 37:09 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 048-050 38:29 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 051-053 27:05 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 054 54:14 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 055-058 37:09 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 059-063 38:45 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 064-067 37:05 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 068-071 34:21 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 072-073 24:34 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 074-077 30:27 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 078-080 24:03 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 081-082 36:45 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 083-086 37:38 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 087-088 40:31 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 089-091 33:56 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 092-096 42:47 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 097-100 43:25 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 101-104 40:03 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 105-108 37:07 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 109-113 41:00 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 114-118 25:57 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 119-123 32:43 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 124-127 32:40 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 128-132 42:23 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 133 24:58 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 134 22:48 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 135 and Epilogue 35:01 Read by Stewart Wills

Reviews

Delightfuly read american classic


(5 stars)

classic american literature, deeply moving...the descriptive quality of the life of seafaring men of this period allows the reader to experience the age- old majesty of the sea...the overlay of Biblical themes reminds one of our nation's foundation upon Jedao- Christian principles...the beautiful 19th century writing style and theme structure was refreshing to enjoy...this towering masterpiece of a novel is worthy of reading by all who love literature...

A Must "Read". PERIOD.


(5 stars)

What can I say? The book is a classic that's still frequently referenced by everyone from your next-door neighbor to tenured professors, so it's of course helpful to have read it and most certainly important to UNDERSTAND its content. The fact that it's FREE on Librivox is AWESOME because - yes - it's a VERY LENGTHY (sometimes discouragingly so) novel and many START reading but don't finish. With someone reading it TO YOU...There's no excuse not to read the novel in its entirety. *** SUGGESTION: Keep pen/paper handy and be ready to rewind/replay often if you really want to understand Moby Dick. You're going to hear words and phrases you've never come across before, and will want to write them down in order to research their definitions/meanings. If you don't do this, you'll get much less out of the novel and may even become so discouraged that you stop "reading" altogether. That would be a shame. Happy listening!! ;-)

Great reader


(5 stars)

The reader really helps bring this book to life. I vaguely remember reading Moby Dick in college and it was a very difficult text to follow, so having a talented reader present the book make ls it vastly easier to understand and follow.

A True Masterpiece!


(5 stars)

Masterfully written. Masterfully read. It was a privilege to set sail with the reader, Stuart Wills, as we voyaged through the realities and frailities of the human condition. We, all of us, are sailing through life aboard the 'Peaquod' admist stormy seas, swarms of sharks... and even the occasional white whale. Thank you Mr. Melville for charting the course!

Well worth a listen!


(5 stars)

While Moby Dick may be a very long novel, it is certainly worth a listen! The descriptive imagery and individuality of each character's voice makes all of them, as well as the faithful Pequod, feel like old friends by the end.

Intriguing and well read


(5 stars)

A very interesting and profound piece of literature. Excellently well written and the narrator does a great job at bringing the persons to life without exaggerating in the least. I give my recommendations to this book and to this exact narration.

Wish I liked it but sadly disappointing


(1.5 stars)

I wish I loved this book and walked into it wanting to love this book knowing that it was a classic. Yet, quickly I realized that this book is mainly the author complaining about other books and their depiction of whales as well as an encyclopedia of different whales anatomy. I’m not kidding! The entire book and storyline is very short compromising of about a quarter of the book if not less and the rest is filler. Now, I must understand that during those times, the access to information was not widely available as it is now so understanding what a fin looks like and how it works might have been helpful but for today this is a bore fest especially when Melville starts talking about pictures of whales in other books being inaccurate. His actual story is pretty good but the excessive information that doesn’t need to in the book is distracting to his overall story arc. Nonetheless, I finished it anyways so I can give it a review after taking in the full scope of the book. 1.5 stars. I really wish I could give it more.

Thanks all!


(5 stars)

Thank you to Librivox and Stewart Wills for bringing this to us free of charge. I have tried a number of free audio book apps but this is far and away the best. Loving Stewart's thoughtful and nuanced rendition of this, the Great American Novel. His NE tones are perfect for setting the scene. I tried reading this many years ago but somehow other things got prioritised and I never finished it and being high on the bucket list was determined to someday do so. Now that we are painting our house in Montreal in the South of France, I can listen to Stewart's dulcet tones and vicariously roll with Ismail Queeqeg and captain Ahab hunting the great white whale whilst splattering myself in paint. What a world we live in! John B. Stewart - Melbourne Australia