Moby Dick

  • by Herman Melville
  • Narrated by Duncan Carse
  • 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a classic of American and world literature.Written in 1851, this is the incredible story of the crazed captain Ahab who, consumed by his desire for revenge, drives his crew to scour the oceans of the world for the fearsome white whale, Moby Dick. It soon becomes clear that Ahab will stop at nothing and is prepared to risk everything, his ship, his crew members, and his own life. Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) was an American novelist short story writer, essayist and poet.Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.


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I am writing this review in response to all the other reviews that were critical of Mr. Duncan Carse narration. If the listener takes the effort to listen, he or she will realize Ishmael is not an illiterate seaman as played by Richard Basehart in the movie version of Moby Dick. Ishmael is well educated, as indicated
within the first few pages. Ishmael speaks of the Old Persians, the Greeks. This is the language of an educated man, especially in 1851. The other readers(god bless them as Joe Biden would say)pass over these lines without a twitch. Mr. Carse speaks them as if he has experienced them. Everything can be criticized in some manner, which the modern intelligence seems to relish. It is truly difficult to feel sorry for some one who has broken his arm if you haven’t broken a bone. Mr. Carse make you feel he has experienced everything he talks about. I think the problem is not with the narrator, but with the readers. Oooops
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Very poor narration

The narrator is British, which creates terrible dissonance for the "great" American novel. The narrator has zero command of American English accent, which is fine, except that he tries to fake the accent when reading lines from American characters. He butchers the accent and greatly distracts from the novel. The narrator does, however, read at a leisurely pace, which is at first annoying until you realize it's a perfect fit for a 3-year voyage at sea: unhurried and plenty of time to tell the tale. The novel itself is rough going, with some parts very smooth and others, such as the cataloging of whale species, murderously boring. On the whole, however, this audio book has made my morning commute in LA a joy.
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- Seth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-13-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB