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- Listening Length: 26 hours and 35 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Trout Lake Media
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Nov. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GXEY364
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Moby Dick: The Whale Audiobook – Unabridged
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Please ignore all the reviews saying it meanders and spends too much time on cetology. Remember when this was written and how little we knew about whales.
There is so much more to this book than a man after a whale. Religion, life, death and the mind of man are all explored. There is so much good humour also but you may have to re read passages to get it as the language is of its time.
If the sea is in you and you love to learn about how people survived on a boat for 4 years without ever touching land, then dig in.
I am jealous of you if its the first time you are going to read it.
I was left not knowing whether to admire the whalers or despise them.
Nearly everyone will know the story, either through movies of the book, or the very many stories, comics, films, etc., inspired by it - because it's simply one of the archetypal tales of all time. If you haven't read it yet, though, I'd recommend it; but only if you have the patience to gently absorb what is a sizeable, somewhat rambling book, covering a world of different subjects all wound into the central story. If you do, you'll find it a contemplative delight, beautifully written, interesting in so many ways; and with a strong, stark tale to tell that you'll never forget.
It is very strange, both in its antiquated style & content. Things like its obsessive detail about whales & whaling will either draw the reader further & further into the story or put him/her off as will the references to classical legends. But there are so many brilliant dimensions, like the description of Captain Ahab's obsessive personality & of the sea in its different moods & the way the crew handles the whaling ship under sail.
The opening pages set the tone & probably give a good indication of whether the book will appeal or not. Do give it a go!