• by Herman Melville
  • Narrated by James Conlan
  • 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Herman Melville’s classic masterpiece tells the story of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale, Moby Dick, a white sperm whale of tremendous size and ferocity. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg, and Ahab intends to take revenge. The first line—"Call me Ishmael"—is one of the most famous opening lines in American literature.


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Customer Reviews

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An intolerable reading of a great novel.

I was fortunate in that I did not have Moby-Dick shoved down my throat in a high school literature class. That tends to sour kids on any novel, no matter how truly good it is. I picked it up of my own volition later in life and really enjoyed it. Melville used such a pleasing, poetic style of writing in this tale.

It's been quite a few years since then, and this version was on sale, so I thought I'd give it a listen. I couldn't go the distance. I gave it about three hours and had to stop. The narrator was intolerable. He sounded like he was doing a voice over for a commercial or narrating one of those cheesy Discovery/TLC TV shows like "How Stuff is Made". I found him really irritating and he did not give the story the solemn dignity I pictured in my mind when I read the dead tree version. I'm going to ask for my money back.

There are quite a few versions of this novel available on Audible, so I would suggest listening to the samples before choosing one (I wish I had). Moby-Dick is a great story and I highly recommend it, just not this version.
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- GS

A story or advertising copy?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator who knows how to read aloud.

If you’ve listened to books by Herman Melville before, how does this one compare?


Would you be willing to try another one of James Conlan’s performances?

Definitely not! He sounds like he is reading an advertisement, not telling a story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Moby-Dick?

None. A classic shouldn't be abridged.

Any additional comments?

I want my credit back for this book.

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- Bill Nyden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-28-2012
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing