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Moby Dick

Moby Dick by Herman Melville
By: (1819-1891)

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.

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MOBY DICK; OR THE WHALE By Herman Melville ETYMOLOGY. (Supplied by a Late Consumptive Usher to a Grammar School) The pale Usher threadbare in coat, heart, body, and brain; I see him now. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations of the world. He loved to dust his old grammars; it somehow mildly reminded him of his mortality. "While you take in hand to school others, and to teach them by what name a whale fish is to be called in our tongue leaving out, through ignorance, the letter H, which almost alone maketh the signification of the word, you deliver that which is not true." HACKLUYT "WHALE.... Sw. and Dan. HVAL. This animal is named from roundness or rolling; for in Dan. HVALT is arched or vaulted." WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY "WHALE.... It is more immediately from the Dut. and Ger. WALLEN; A.S. WALW IAN, to roll, to wallow." RICHARDSON'S DICTIONARY KETOS, GREEK. CETUS, LATIN. WHOEL, ANGLO SAXON... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 15, 2014
I found the reading boring. Mid-West American accents kill a story like this. I guess I've been spoiled by Richard Basehart.
Reviewer: - March 28, 2014
Subject: Moby Dick
I guess I'll speak for the "average guy". The reader was great. Other than that, wow. The namesake of the book doesn't arrive until chapter 133 of a 135 chapter book. Melville obviously suffered from attention deficit long before it was diagnosed. The title should have been "A Whaling Adventure". Sorry but this book could have told the same story in half as many chapters. I suppose for some this is a classic but what good is a review if not honest.
Reviewer: - November 27, 2013
Wow, it's an awesome story but it's kind of hard to listen to.
Reviewer: - July 29, 2013
Subject: Moby Dick
Very well narrated, but if your looking for a happy ending this is not the book to pic.
Reviewer: - July 22, 2013
Fantastic reading. You suit this style of book. It is my favorite story and I am glad to hear it honored so well.
Reviewer: - July 3, 2013
Subject: Great reading!
I would not have understood Moby Dick if it wasn't for this. Very well read and characters voices are awesome!
Reviewer: - June 4, 2013
Subject: Download it.
Highly recommend downloading this one. Wills does a great job narrating. His voices that he does for each of the characters are consistent and the lines are delivered with feeling. I loved listening to Starbuck's monologues.
Reviewer: - May 27, 2013
Subject: Great Book!
What a classic! With my new favorite website, this one of course, and my hobby, I listen to audio books while doing my hobby and not watching TV. This is way better and am I am getting through some of the best classics in the world. Great book, and had some funny parts in it too!
Reviewer: - May 6, 2013
Subject: Well done!
Best regards from Slovakia!
Reviewer: - May 2, 2013
Subject: Excellent
Fantastic read, fantastic novel. At first I was a bit worried because I'm very picky about voices (especially for a long read like this) but Mr. Willis did a great job and really put a lot of thought and character into it. Loved it. Amazing that it's free.

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