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Moby Dick (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
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Featured title on PBS's The Great American Read in 2018

Ignoring prophecies of doom, the seafarer Ishmael joins the crew of a whaling expedition that is an obsession for the ship's captain, Ahab. Once maimed by the White Whale, Moby Dick, Ahab has set out on a voyage of revenge. With godlike ferocity, he surges into dangerous waters - immune to the madness of his vision, refusing to be bested by the forces of nature.

An exhilarating whaling yarn, an apocalyptic theodicy, a tragic confessional, and a profound allegory, Moby Dick encompasses all that it means to be human - from the physical and metaphysical to the spiritual and emotional. Full of strange wisdom and wild digressive energy, it's a singular literary performance universally regarded as one of the great American novels.

Revised edition: Previously published as Moby Dick, this edition of Moby Dick (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-18

This is the one!

This is the audiobook to download if you want to listen to Moby Dick. The audio quality is pristine - and the reader is fantastic. The affectations of his voice are wonderful and his characters are convincing in their accents. I’m very impressed.

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  • Sohairko
  • 03-03-19

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

An absolutely brilliant narrator: the change in voice makes it very interesting and captivating.Terrific indeed.

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  • Tom
  • 03-08-19

Tim Campbell is the Best

I've yet to come across such an engaged narrator, who brings the story so alive.

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  • Rose Milligan
  • 15-03-20

Awesome story, awesome narrator

I got this version based on the narrator. I was not disappointed. He was awesome. Did very well reading the story and the characters.

I normally shy away from such descriptive stories but really wanted to read Moby Dick. Finding the right narrator helped. Because this was SO descriptive. I learned more about whales than I ever thought possible. The story is just amazing in itself. What got me and really hooked me was the humor in it. That was surprising. I was not bored at any point. It is a very well written story. Even made me look things up online because my interest was so piqued.

I will definitely listen to this one again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-01-20

Wonderful

Enjoyed this very much, I’ve decided to just read Amazon Classics very good decision,actually think I might read Moby Dick a second time, I’m sure I missed some things due to the British accent. I do thoroughly enjoy Audible

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  • Patrick.
  • 03-01-20

A wonderful and spirited reading of this classic

I don't know if there is a better book about 19th century whaling or about obsession. I've read Miby Dick several times since I was a kid and I glean new insight from it each time.

The narration on this version is really good too. Melville can drag on in places but the narrator really pulls you through with his performance.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • J.B.
  • 30-12-19

Read for Writing Style; The Plot is Already Known

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. It is usually considered one of America’s greatest novels. Its plot is universally known: The book is first-time whaler sailor Ishmael 's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. The tautology of this book is a simile to any real-life circumstance where someone hates another with an obsession – that is to act and be ‘like’ Ahab. The book certainly leads one to the reason for the tragedy of inordinate hate.

Yet, the unspoken secret of the novel is the plot is perhaps one-fifteenth of the novel. The balance is small chapters telling of side stories to the essential plot. The manner of these side stories is poetic writing. Some stories philosophized, some set up emotional relationships to the characters, some allow Ahab’s vehemence to result in evil, and much tell you about the hard life of whaling: all these sidebars excite as to the brilliance of the writing. You should read this novel for the experience of traversing Melville’s mastery of prose. Well worth it. If you want more excitement in a plot read, Melville’s Billy Budd.

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  • Cameron Harr
  • 02-11-19

Good story but way too verbose

it's a classic story with a good take and moral but is bright down by excessive verbosity of tangents, philosophies, and soliloquies.

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  • Robert Lewis
  • 20-10-19

Fantastic narration!

Absolutely loved this story. I wish I hadn't taken so long to hear/read it. Much better than I expected.

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  • P. Williams
  • 04-10-19

A Classic Story

Wish I had read the book first, but auditable books allowed more in depth appreciation of this Classic tale.