Moby Dick, or the Whale


Read by Stewart Wills

(4.4 stars; 1975 reviews)

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 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 001-002 23:56 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 003 34:53 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 004-007 27:10 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 008-009 29:36 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 010-012 19:28 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 013-015 23:08 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 016 35:18 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 017-021 42:49 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 022-025 27:25 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 026-027 19:20 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 028-031 25:00 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 032 36:58 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 033-035 38:11 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 036-040 42:17 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 041 26:29 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 042-044 43:36 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 045-047 37:09 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 048-050 38:29 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 051-053 27:05 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 054 54:14 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 055-058 37:09 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 059-063 38:45 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 064-067 37:05 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 068-071 34:21 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 072-073 24:34 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 074-077 30:27 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 078-080 24:03 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 081-082 36:45 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 083-086 37:38 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 087-088 40:31 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 089-091 33:56 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 092-096 42:47 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 097-100 43:25 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 101-104 40:03 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 105-108 37:07 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 109-113 41:00 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 114-118 25:57 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 119-123 32:43 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 124-127 32:40 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 128-132 42:23 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 133 24:58 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 134 22:48 Read by Stewart Wills
Chapter 135 and Epilogue 35:01 Read by Stewart Wills

Reviews

Great Book, Well Read

(5 stars)

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 stars)

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 stars)

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 stars)

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 stars)

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 stars)

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 stars)

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 stars)

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.