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Moby Dick, or the Whale

Gelesen von Stewart Wills

(4,416 Sterne; 1979 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

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

Great Reader, Boring Book

(2,5 Sterne)

While I’m impressed that the reader didn’t fall asleep mid chapter one, I have to give him credit. The book itself while an American literary classic, had me fighting to get thru it. If only to say I heard the whole book. If I was a young student again being forced to read this for a grade, I’d have an “F!” And gladly accept it. Hooray for the reader, Boo for the book!!!

classic

(5 Sterne)

The book is great and the reader is fantastic! Each character has a different voice which makes it easy to follow and the recording sounds professional. He really performed the book more than read it. My son, having overheard sections as I listened, asked me if I was listening to an encyclopedia of whales. I answered “well, sort of“ The book is probably 1/3 encyclopedia on whales and 2/3 actual story.

Delightfuly read american classic

(5 Sterne)

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...

Excellent audio

(5 Sterne)

Stewart Wills does an excellent job with a book that some may consider tedious to actually read. The different voices used for different characters was helpful in bringing the story alive. The book itself includes a lot of detail about whaling as the author builds the story which quickly comes together in the end. I enjoyed both the reader and the book

Odd book, good reading by Librivox

(5 Sterne)

It's long, it goes off at tangents. I learnt some history. Some chapters were great descriptions, others were ramblings. But it was interesting and not a usual yarn. Full marks to the reader for the various voices, and sheer tenacity at sounding clear and enthusiastic for 135 chapters and an epilogue.

Too much information

(2 Sterne)

The reading of the book was quite enjoyable; thanks Stuart Mills. That said, wading through the meandering and all to frequent musings and now obvious misinformation on whales and whaling was hard to tolerate. I felt like Ahabe in my quest to finish the book, thrusting forward beyond all apprehensions.