Moby Dick, or the Whale


Read by Stewart Wills

(4.5 stars; 1742 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

Well worth a listen!

(5 stars)

While Moby Dick may be a very long novel, it is certainly worth a listen! The descriptive imagery and individuality of each character's voice makes all of them, as well as the faithful Pequod, feel like old friends by the end.

Great reader

(5 stars)

The reader really helps bring this book to life. I vaguely remember reading Moby Dick in college and it was a very difficult text to follow, so having a talented reader present the book make ls it vastly easier to understand and follow.

Intriguing and well read

(5 stars)

A very interesting and profound piece of literature. Excellently well written and the narrator does a great job at bringing the persons to life without exaggerating in the least. I give my recommendations to this book and to this exact narration.

Wish I liked it but sadly disappointing

(1.5 stars)

I wish I loved this book and walked into it wanting to love this book knowing that it was a classic. Yet, quickly I realized that this book is mainly the author complaining about other books and their depiction of whales as well as an encyclopedia of different whales anatomy. I’m not kidding! The entire book and storyline is very short compromising of about a quarter of the book if not less and the rest is filler. Now, I must understand that during those times, the access to information was not widely available as it is now so understanding what a fin looks like and how it works might have been helpful but for today this is a bore fest especially when Melville starts talking about pictures of whales in other books being inaccurate. His actual story is pretty good but the excessive information that doesn’t need to in the book is distracting to his overall story arc. Nonetheless, I finished it anyways so I can give it a review after taking in the full scope of the book. 1.5 stars. I really wish I could give it more.

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...

Not Jaws, but still OK

(3 stars)

A very long story that loosely follows the captain’s obsession with Killing Moby Dick, for the taking of his leg in a previous encounter. The book has frequent digressions that at times makes it more of a reference manual on whaling , than the central story itself. Still a decent story, somewhat aged, with the orator doing a fine job of keeping the story ticking over.