Moby Dick

  • by Herman Melville
  • Narrated by B. J. Harrison
  • 24 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the dark depths of the bottomless sea dwells a white demon, taking shape as the Leviathan known as Moby Dick. One year ago, the malefic brute crunched off the leg of the ungodly Captain Ahab, who now swears revenge. So runs the epic tale of Moby Dick, the supernal work of Herman Melville. In this unabridged production, you will walk with the young sailor Ishmael through the fires of life on a whaling vessel. Each character is brought to life by the narration of B.J. Harrison, who also turns Melville’s sometimes over-potent expository information into an easily digestible treat.


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Can't argue with a classic

What made the experience of listening to Moby Dick the most enjoyable?

I've wanted to read this book in its entirety for years but couldn't commit the time. Listening to it however is a breeze.

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

Any of the big classics of the 19th century by the likes of: Dickens, Poe, Austen, Twain, etc.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to mention

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to mention

Any additional comments?

This book is packed with significance and multiple layers. Everyone knows that. But what I didn't know is that it's actually a very easy read, full of light and humorous moments and fantastic adventure. Can't speak for the multiple other narrators whose versions are also available on Audible, but this reader, BJ Harrison, is terrific. Here's another thing: I just finished Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" Stylistically speaking, I'm sure she was influenced by Moby Dick.

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Thar she blows!

If you could sum up Moby Dick in three words, what would they be?

Great American Classic! B.J. Harrison's reading is amazing. He uses a different voice for each character, infusing the characters with their own personalities, thus bringing them to life. He has an incredible vocal range from highest tenor to lowest bass.

Ishmael, clearly learned, but an outsider, tells the story of Ahab and his desire to wreak vengeance on the white whale that bit off his leg, thus "dismasting" him. Ishmael explores obsession, madness, violence, love and prejudice by making astute observations on the social mores of the times, which are surprisingly relevant today.

One passage that particularly struck me was when Ishmael sees, for the first time, the tatooed countenance of one of his shipmates, Quequeg, a South Seas native, and immediately deems him a savage. However, Ismael quickly realizes that in most ways, Quequeg is more civilized than many of his peers, and acknowledges his error by saying, "Ignorance is the parent of fear." Ismael and Quequeg become fast friends.

Some reviewers have been upset by the detailed descriptions of the killing and processing of the whales. While I'm an animal anti-abuse advocate, I feel that those passages are integral to the existentialist nature of the book. I thoroughly encourage you to listen to this unabridged, rather than an unabridged, edition. I can't imagine that the cutting of any passages would do anything other than alter the deeper meaning of the book. It may take a little time to get used to the Victorian syntax, but the crafting of the sentences and sentiments is well worth the effort.

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- Ardent Reader

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2014
  • Publisher: B.J. Harrison