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Moby Dick, or the Whale

Gelesen von Stewart Wills

(4,428 Sterne; 2148 Bewertungen)

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

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Chapter 001-002

23:56

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Chapter 003

34:53

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Chapter 004-007

27:10

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Chapter 008-009

29:36

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Chapter 010-012

19:28

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Chapter 013-015

23:08

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Chapter 016

35:18

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Chapter 017-021

42:49

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Chapter 022-025

27:25

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Chapter 026-027

19:20

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Chapter 028-031

25:00

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Chapter 032

36:58

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Chapter 033-035

38:11

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Chapter 036-040

42:17

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Chapter 041

26:29

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Chapter 042-044

43:36

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Chapter 045-047

37:09

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Chapter 048-050

38:29

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Chapter 051-053

27:05

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Chapter 054

54:14

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Chapter 055-058

37:09

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Chapter 059-063

38:45

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Chapter 064-067

37:05

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Chapter 068-071

34:21

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Chapter 072-073

24:34

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Chapter 074-077

30:27

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Chapter 078-080

24:03

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Chapter 081-082

36:45

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Chapter 083-086

37:38

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Chapter 087-088

40:31

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Chapter 089-091

33:56

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Chapter 092-096

42:47

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Chapter 097-100

43:25

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Chapter 101-104

40:03

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Chapter 105-108

37:07

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Chapter 109-113

41:00

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Chapter 114-118

25:57

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Chapter 119-123

32:43

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Chapter 124-127

32:40

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Chapter 128-132

42:23

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Chapter 133

24:58

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Chapter 134

22:48

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Chapter 135 and Epilogue

35:01

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Bewertungen

Well worth a listen!

(5 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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.