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Publisher's Summary

Over a century and a half after its publication, Moby Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.
(P)1996 Penguin Books Ltd. Penguin Audio is a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By S. Barrett on 07-20-06

Not bad at all!

I love the book Moby Dick so I had my doubts about an abridged version. What would be left out? Then I thought, there are some reasonably good movies that take a long book and distill it down to a two-hour experience. Why not a six-hour audio book?

It's definitely worth the listen. The narrator does an excellent job with all the characters and you can tell the book was carefully edited to retain the flavor and pacing of the original novel. I enjoyed this thoroughly and would recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy one of the all time great adventure tales but not invest the endless hours it takes to read the book. Or, if you've read it before and want to re-experience the book (as I did), this is a fun way to do so. It's also a great introduction to the book for anyone who is not familiar with the story. Very well done!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andy Spooner on 03-23-07

Forget what you remember from school...

If you recall Moby Dick as a boring book from school, forget it. This abridged version cuts out the endless detailed description of the whaling process (leaving in enough to keep it realistic) and focuses on the drama of the hunt. The narrator is excellent. Could not stop listening to this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mikey on 12-13-13

Masterful - say no more!

Would you consider the audio edition of Moby Dick to be better than the print version?

Personally I found the audio version to be even more captivating than the printed edition, but I think that's just down to personal preference.

What other book might you compare Moby Dick to, and why?

You can't really compare MD to any other book, it is one of a kind. The story, the issues Melville highlights, the way you are placed into the story, the detail, the excitement…..all in all this is a masterpiece of literature. MD should be on the readers/listeners bucket list of books to read before you die. Simply a must.

Have you listened to any of William Hootkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Call me, Ismael.

Any additional comments?

Firstly, Moby Dick is my favourite book of all time, so maybe a review coming from me will sound a "little" bias. The audio version of this story was so well narrated I felt I was actually onboard the ship searching for the infamous sperm whale that robbed our Captain Queqeg of his sanity (and his right leg!).

You are taken on a time travel journey with this book. Herman Melville has a talent for describing the raw conditions that waling sailors in the 1800s had to endure, and the harsh hours and risks they had to take on a daily basis. This is not an easy or lighthearted read but an intense and captivating thriller, so if that's the type of audiobook you're after, this is the one for you.

The abridged version is a nice way to ease yourself into the world of Moby Dick. If you enjoy this version as much as I think you will, you can always go for the unabridged "full monty" version, which is four times longer.

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