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Moby Dick

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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1. Chapter 000: Etymology and Extracts
2. Chapter 001-002
3. Chapter 003
4. Chapter 004-007
5. Chapter 008-009
6. Chapter 010-012
7. Chapter 013-015
8. Chapter 016
9. Chapter 017-021
10. Chapter 022-025
11. Chapter 026-027
12. Chapter 028-031
13. Chapter 032
14. Chapter 033-035
15. Chapter 036-040
16. Chapter 041
17. Chapter 042-044
18. Chapter 045-047
19. Chapter 048-050
20. Chapter 051-053
21. Chapter 054
22. Chapter 055-058
23. Chapter 059-063
24. Chapter 064-067
25. Chapter 068-071
26. Chapter 072-073
27. Chapter 074-077
28. Chapter 078-080
29. Chapter 081-082
30. Chapter 083-086
31. Chapter 087-088
32. Chapter 089-091
33. Chapter 092-096
34. Chapter 097-100
35. Chapter 101-104
36. Chapter 105-108
37. Chapter 109-113
38. Chapter 114-118
39. Chapter 119-123
40. Chapter 124-127
41. Chapter 128-132
42. Chapter 133
43. Chapter 134
44. Chapter 135 and Epilogue

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Summary

“Call me Ishmael” is one of the most famous opening lines in American literature. With these words, opens one of the strangest and most gripping stories ever written about the sea and sea-faring. Moby Dick by Herman Melville is today considered one of the greatest novels written in America but paradoxically, it was a miserable failure when it first made its debut in 1851. Entitled Moby Dick or The Whale the book finally got its due after the author's death and is now regarded as a classic portrayal of mania and fatal obsession. The narrator, Ishmael, travels to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to find a place on a whaling ship. He lodges at a seedy inn where he is forced to share a room with a strange old character, Queequeg, who was a harpooner. Despite his initial revulsion of Queequeg, Ishmael decides to join him in looking for work together. They reach Nantucket, the traditional center of whaling, where they find a berth on the Pequod, a bizarre vessel adorned with the skeletons and teeth of whales. The captain, Ahab, a mysterious figure, does not appear immediately. Later, they come to know that he is on board, recovering from losing a leg on his last voyage having escaped death narrowly following an encounter with a massive sperm whale. As the ship sails past Africa, Ahab's sinister motives begin to emerge. His agenda is to hunt and destroy a legendary whale named Moby Dick, whom he has unsuccessfully pursued several times. He has smuggled his own private harpooners on board and he accosts every whaling ship he meets and demands information about sightings of Moby Dick. One of the ships has a maniacal passenger called Gabriel, who claims to be a prophet and he predicts doom for anyone who seeks Moby Dick. The peg leg captain finally encounters Moby Dick and a trail of destruction follows. The obsessed Ahab refuses to give up. The novel then races towards a brilliant and dramatic climax. As an example of the Great American Novel, Moby Dick is unrivaled in its structure, language and style. Melville amalgamates a fabulous mix of Biblical, Shakespearean and mythical elements along with wonderful seafaring atmosphere sourced from his own nautical experiences on board whaling schooners. Whaling stories from contemporary sources in Nantucket's local grapevine was another rich fountainhead of material. Moby Dick has been adapted for stage, radio, screen, television, comics and graphic novels. It remains a strange and unforgettable classic which no reader should miss.

Reviews

Bob

- Moby Dick

Really irritating that the story keeps on trying to skip to the last chapter. Perhaps because the story drags a lot. I know way more about whale anatomy than I ever wanted...

Lynn Hedahl

- Moby Dick

Kind of boring, a lot of needless words, I thought the reader did a very good job keeping my interest.

bob

- understanding the book

one review said that 1/2 the book was unnecessary, but when the book was written there was no internet. Its an educational book, along with a story. Im going to listen to it again.

AAron

- Top job

Really enjoyed it. Reader did an awesome job

MIKE

- READING

I couldn't bear to listen to this reader. No sailor ever sounded like that...EVER!

iBRAHIM

- Thanks

شكرا جزيرا ^_^

Rolf

- Moby-Dick

Wills did a great job! Made the book come to life.

Pegasus

- Whale hunting

The cruelty and inhuman attitudes inherent in the whole affair of whale hunting are worth condemnation...

Mike

- Poor Reading

Was Ishmael a stuck up Harvard frat boy from the 1930's? This was a terrible reading.

何蓉

- Moby Dick

I just want to know how to download these books?

Alison

- big spaces

omg he takes a huge break in between words. i hate this. i will just go to my library!!

Kel

- Oh god the voices...

There needs to be some sort of casting process before they choose who reads some of these books. Some of this guy's voices for characters are atrocious. He also makes the main character sound very much like a stuffy know-it-all, which isn't at all what I believe the author was going for...

David

Reader does an amazing job,makes the book really come to live.love the voices for each character.I can see why this book is a classic.extremely well writen.having said all that,half the book is unnecessary.I realize it sets a certain tone,but they do nothing to move the story forward.I felt like captain Ahab,a certain kind of obsession in wanting to finish this book.worth a listen to if you have the time.:-)

- Wonderful.

PERFECT narrator. Surprisingly wonderful book.

Ciel Ferguson

I absolutely loved this book I thought it was great there was a few boring parts but besides that you should really read/listen to it!

Hunter

- Reader

This reader is so plan with no feeling when he reads it makes this book so plan, an I hate it.

- Reader or book?

I'm not sure of it's the reader or just the book that is so bad. There's just so much content that does not provide any benefit to the story. I could not finish it as, frankly, I really don't care what happens. I made it through 60 chapters and just stopped as there was just so much filler junk that I didn't want to bother with.

Katja

What a fantastic book! It's a story and also a study about whale fishery in the past centuries. Very thrilling!

Tato

Great narrator! Great to finally know this classic tale!

This book was a career ender for Melville. There is so much filler in this long book to make it uninteresting. Critics of his day hated it. Only long after his death did it become popular. This story could be told with 10-20% of the space. Prepare to be bored if you read it.

Christian

- so into the book

SO COOL Moby Dick can survive it

EA

- Intrasting

I'm finding this book interesting so I think I will keep reading 3 Stars.

Francene

I found the reading boring. Mid-West American accents kill a story like this. I guess I've been spoiled by Richard Basehart.

Vince R

- 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.

Josh Lee

Wow, it's an awesome story but it's kind of hard to listen to.

Emma

- Moby Dick

Very well narrated, but if your looking for a happy ending this is not the book to pic.

Josh

Fantastic reading. You suit this style of book. It is my favorite story and I am glad to hear it honored so well.

Miriam

- Great reading!

I would not have understood Moby Dick if it wasn't for this. Very well read and characters voices are awesome!

Garrison

- 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.

Brad

- 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!

Maja

- Well done!

Best regards from Slovakia!

LJB

- 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.

Ellen

- Well read

I enjoyed Mr. Wills' reading very much, humorous when the text was, poetic when Melville meant it to be and even the -for me - duller chapters were pleasant to listen to. thank you Mr. Wills.

Meditatia

I enjoyed this reading immensely. I read the novel several years ago and needed to review it for a class this week, so I listened to this audio version--it perfectly conveys the alternating intensity, drama, and hilarity of reading the novel... even the bland bits (because, let's face it, this is Moby Dick) are read carefully, sincerely, and very, very well. If you are reading this, Mr. Wills... great job on Melville, and PLEASE tackle Victor Hugo next!

bookworm

The ultimate reading which comes along with synchronized, clear text.

LJ

- fantastic reding

Always wanted to read this book but could not sit still to do so. However with the wonderful voiced characters the reader creates, a set of headphones and long country roads listening and walking this book has been a wonderful adventure.

Alex

What? Stewart Wills is AMAZING. He has done such a great and humorous job with the reading and characterization. Does anyone know anything more about Mr. Wills aside from his being the narrator of Moby Dick?

MKH

- Disappointing Narrator

I really tried to get through this, but the guy who narrates is quite possibly the most boring person I've ever heard. I wanted to listen to the book, not get put to sleep by it.

jbinc1

- Worth the time

I enjoyed the read. Thank you to the reader for keeping it interesting.

Andrew Hill

- Very nice

I really enjoyed this, as this book has always been a favorite of mine.

Dido

The voice does this book no justice. Moby dick should not be heard by such a strained voice.