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Moby Dick, or the Whale

Gelesen von Stewart Wills

(4,3 Sterne; 987 Bewertungen)

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

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Chapter 001-002

23:56

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Chapter 003

34:53

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Chapter 004-007

27:10

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Chapter 008-009

29:36

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Chapter 010-012

19:28

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Chapter 013-015

23:08

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Chapter 016

35:18

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Chapter 017-021

42:49

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Chapter 022-025

27:25

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Chapter 026-027

19:20

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Chapter 028-031

25:00

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Chapter 032

36:58

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Chapter 033-035

38:11

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Chapter 036-040

42:17

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Chapter 041

26:29

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Chapter 042-044

43:36

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Chapter 045-047

37:09

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Chapter 048-050

38:29

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Chapter 051-053

27:05

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Chapter 054

54:14

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Chapter 055-058

37:09

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Chapter 059-063

38:45

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Chapter 064-067

37:05

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Chapter 068-071

34:21

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Chapter 072-073

24:34

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Chapter 074-077

30:27

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Chapter 078-080

24:03

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Chapter 081-082

36:45

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Chapter 083-086

37:38

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Chapter 087-088

40:31

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Chapter 089-091

33:56

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Chapter 092-096

42:47

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Chapter 097-100

43:25

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Chapter 101-104

40:03

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Chapter 105-108

37:07

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Chapter 109-113

41:00

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Chapter 114-118

25:57

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Chapter 119-123

32:43

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Chapter 124-127

32:40

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Chapter 128-132

42:23

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Chapter 133

24:58

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Chapter 134

22:48

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Chapter 135 and Epilogue

35:01

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Bewertungen

A great reading

(5 Sterne)

I'd wanted to read Moby Dick for a long time but had always felt intimidated by its reputation. Listening to a couple of hours of this per day on my commute then following up on bits here and there on my Kindle helped me get over they and now I absolutely love the book. I'd tried previously with the Big Read podcast (where each chapter of Moby Dick is read by a different famous person), but found it too distracting. The reader of this book did a flawless job and I dread to think how many takes he did of each chapter. He gives all of the characters their own voice and I especially loved the way he did Stubb. I'd like to buy this man a drink for all his efforts!

A Superbly Read Masterpiece

(5 Sterne)

What a remarkable reading of a dense and unfriendly book! Moby Dick is not seemingly a book that would lend itself well to audio form, as it is such a long and winding story. The reader is completely captivating though, and tells the story beautifully. The recording is high quality across all 100+ chapters and even in those long digressions Melville is so fond of, his voice remains clear and unfaltering. I particularly enjoyed the different voices he used for the characters - dramatic enough that it was obvious who was speaking but not cartoonish and overwrought, as is often the case with so many audiobooks. An excellent job. Speaking as someone who vastly prefers reading to listening to audiobooks this is still how I would recommend unfamiliar readers engage with Moby Dick!

Well read, but what a let down

(2 Sterne)

First off if you know you like the story Moby Dick you should download this. It is well read and I think captures the story. Also, this review is for the common reader not a literary critic. However, If you have always heard about how great Moby Dick is but never read it, save yourself the time. Moby Dick is the kind of book that rambles through a massive string of jarring storytelling shifts to the point of being utterly frustrating. As the story progresses you soon discover that about every other chapter does nothing to advance the plot but is rather a complete change of subject to some highly detailed minutia that while loosely tied to the book add nothing to the story. It is like a Kevin Costner movie but worse. After I finished the book, which was a complete let down, I was left wondering how in the world Melville became known as a master. Perhaps I just don't get 20 century literature.

Meandering, disordered lectures with bits of story

(2 Sterne)

Listening to this book is like being stuck on an elevator (for weeks) with a hyper-talkative idiot savant with ADD and an obsession with whales. I spent every summer of my youth in Nantucket's whaling museums and thought I knew a thing or two. Melville certainly puts me to shame. From the lectures in this book, I have learned: The Several Substances Within a Whale's Skull: Their Appearance, Texture and Uses and Methods of Collection; Complete Sperm Whale Skeletons in Private Collections: with Addresses, Visiting Hours and Prices of Admission; Whales as Depicted in Both High and Low Art: A Critique by the Author; Specie-Specific Techniques in Whaling, With Minute Instructions; Fashioning Necessary Tools on a Whaling Ship, with Minute Instructions; The Symbology of the Color White: A Multicultural Review; A History of Whaling Around the World: From Its Beginning to the Present Day; In Passionate Defense of Whaling, a Proud and Noble Industry: with Myriad Arguments; A Complete Examination of the Spine of the Sperm Whale, with Exact Measurements of the Vertebrae; Phrenology and Facial Expressions of the Sperm Whale; Whales in Historical Literature...shall I go on? Because Melville sure does. I suspect Melville meant to write a textbook on whaling, and his publisher balked and insisted on a rollicking sea adventure. So Melville just squeezed it in. As I think another reviewer said, it can easily lose fifty chapters without the slightest harm to the story about Ishmael and Ahab. Which is interesting, but hidden throughout the book in bits and pieces- the price for getting to the next part of the story seems high. (I want a new paragraph here, but my iPad won't let me have one.) To other reviewers, a polite request: please don't critique other people's reviews (of books or of readers) or insult them for disagreeing with you about a book. It's unpleasant to read and is not helpful or informative, which is the point of these reviews. I hope my review has been both. Thank you.

(5 Sterne)

Its unbearable to me to think that somebody would put the time in to record a book so others can listen, and some rude person would have the nerve to say something bad about the way it was read. If you don't like the easy a book is read that's fine, its not always going to be the way you think it should be done. Just move on and keep it to yourself. Or, do the book yourself, mabye then you will see how hard it is. This reader is one of the best iv ever heard. But when iv heard readers that I didn't connect to, I seen post about how great they were. So I moved on, and said good job. Thanks for taking the time.

Great Book, Well Read

(5 Sterne)

I thoroughly enjoyed Moby Dick, read very well here by Stewart Wills. All my life I've heard people complain that half or more of Moby Dick is taken up with endless chapters devoted to boring details on whaling, only of interest to the historian of that trade as practiced a century ago, but Wills' reading brings the whole book alive, even and perhaps especially these chapters, by giving each character a distinct voice and showing thereby that these divagations on whaling are not necessarily Herman Melville talking but the narrator Ishmael, and therefore help to develop his character and voice. Some books are wasted on high schoolers; I've had Moby Dick on my to-read list for 30 years, and it was worth the wait.

good, different from what I expected

(4 Sterne)

In general I knew what Moby Dick was about: Ahab and his obsession. But I had no idea it was also full of scientific whale backgrounds, details of ships and voyage customs. I also didn't realize it was so philosophical and poetic. I can see how a teenager forced to read it for the sake of a literature class or a person looking for an action adventure book might not enjoy it. Its much more than only action and adventure, and it's also more than required reading in an English lit class. I enjoyed it although I felt the many chapters of various scientific and character explanations interrupted the momentum building up to the final confrontation. Then when the finale was there it was so quickly told and then the book was over. Having had such detailed introductions to everyone and everything it almost seemed rushed. Thats too bad, but I guess thats how an end at sea is. The reading was excellent and I will look for other books read by Stewart Wills

5 stars for the reader, 3 stars for the book.

(4 Sterne)

The book itself is looooong (135 freaking chapters PLUS an epilogue!) and the 3:1 of expository chapters are dry and sometimes hard to get through. The author Herman Melville seems like he couldn't decide whether he was writing a novel or a textbook, and judging by this book I strongly suspect he had ADD. Not to mention the sometimes objectionable content (racism and whaling, but this was 1851). BUT... The reading itself is incredibly fluid. Pacing, tone, fluency, pronunciation, accents (mostly) are all excellent, and I LOVE all of the character voices (the reader provides a distinctly different/unique one for EACH)! The fact that I am now 2/3 through the book is completely thanks to the EXCELLENT reader, Stewart Wills. Kudos! :-)