Item description for Moby Dick (Naxos AudioBooks) by Herman Melville & William Hootkins...
'Call me Ishmael'. Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write 'a mighty book about a mighty theme' and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history and a mass of information about whaling through the ages. This epic story, here presented in unabridged form, receives an equally epic reading from the outstanding American actor William Hootkins.
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2.4" Width: 5.25" Height: 5" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2005
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 9626343583 ISBN13 9789626343586
Availability 0 units.
More About Herman Melville & William Hootkins
Herman Melville (1819-1891) found early success with stories inspired by his adventures in the South Seas. His fortunes declined with the 1851 publication of Moby-Dick, now recognized as a masterpiece but scorned by Melville's contemporaries. The author was obliged to work as a New York City customs inspector and died in obscurity, three decades before the critical reassessment of his work.
Herman Melville lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Herman Melville was born in 1819 and died in 1891.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Moby Dick (Naxos AudioBooks)?
Booo! Over dramatic and a bit too camp. Nov 11, 2007
I recently purchased Moby Dick online because of the reviews on this site but found it to be irritating. It was very expensive but I made the purchase anyway, really looking forward to being taken on an epic voyage. Unfortunately it was a big let down. If you're English imagine Graham Norton doing `Jackanory', toned down a few notches.
His slight accentuation of every utterance in the book was like Chinese drip torture, driving everything home resulted in a camp drama school rendition with no space for the listener to do any of the work... nothing could breathe.
I tried to listen so many times, but each time I could listen for shorter and shorter periods until just picking up the headphones made me queasy.
Call me Ishmael Oct 1, 2007
Call me Ishmael. One of the most famous opening lines in all of English literature. I was thrilled to find this audio edition of a lengthy classic that I, like many Americans, doggedly plowed through in high school, when I was certainly much too young to appreciate its depth and meaning. Having recently completed Ahab's Wife, my interest in Ahab and what his choices brought about for him, was piqued, and I decided to take another look. This audio version is perfect for someone like me - I know I would not have persevered in reading this on my own. This version has kindled an understanding and admiration for Moby Dick as adventure story, allegory, and journey of self-discovery. It was surprising how much I learned, simply in the factual sense, about the whaling industry in New England, where I was born and raised and still reside today. This is a book that is probably ruined by the introduction of it during adolescence, when it has little to say to the very young reader. Like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Melville is an author who speaks to the reader who has grappled with the universal questions about life and death, sanity and madness, revenge and forgiveness. Not to mention multiculturalism, racism and tolerance. And, a new word - moby - was coined and entered into the English language. Intelligently narrated by William Hootkins, the audio version has a lot to recommend it and is a pleasant way to revisit an important American masterpiece. Take another look (or listen!)
A great way to read a great epic tale. Jan 5, 2007
As a forty-five year old english major in my senior year of college with fourteen novels to read in one semester, the MOBY DICK Audiobook made the challenge an easier one. Beside the fact that I could literally do the homework of reading MOBY DICK while driving, excercising or cleaning, each of the nineteen CD's was clearly marked by chapter and title and by quotes making it easy to find a chapter if I needed to review it. Each CD listed the total time and broke the times into chapters assisting me in projecting the time I needed to complete each chapter. The many quintesential voices of reader, William Hootkins, was perfect in projecting the many character personalities in this epic tale of Captain Ahab and the white whale. This audiobook is one that will be on my library shelf forever.
Moby Dick Lives--And We Laugh! Aug 16, 2006
I haven't read Moby Dick in 26 years, since I was a Ph.D. student in English. My impression at that time was that it was the greatest of American novels, VERY American, with everything good and bad that implies. I've urged it on people ever since, but forgotten why.
I purchased this set of unabridged CDs because I wanted to experience the book again, but I don't have much time for reading American novels--I teach primarily British.
What a treat! This reading is magnificent! I'd forgotten how funny Moby Dick is. The reader brings out all the delightful jokes through his phrasing and tone. Could I quibble about how to say this line, that word? Sure. But why bother? This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to, and it really does make Moby Dick come alive. I played the first half hour to my family, and now they all want to hear the rest.
very well read Jul 16, 2006
If you're going to get an unabridged recording of Moby-Dick, you certainly can't go wrong with this one, by William Hootkins. I am a big Melville nut and was VERY, VERY PLEASED with this.
Avoid at all costs the only other (as far as I know) unabridged one out there, read by Adams Morgan. Morgan's reedy, effete voice is totally unsuited to this material: his enunciation is so precious it's almost dandyish. And his mispronunciations are legion.
Hootkins, however, reads like a man, in long, strong, lingering swells. He has a deep, resonant voice, is literate, sensitive to the material, and rarely, I feel, misreads a line. The whole thing is very convincing. Neither does he read it too fast.
Another strength of Hootkin's reading is that his style really brings out how full of jokes this book is. Hootkins is very good at conveying Melville's insouciant tone, especially through many of the cetology chapters, where you intellectually understand that Melville is kidding but it just doesn't work. Well, Hootkins really brings Melville's irreverent tone to the fore.
My only possible criticism of his performance is that, in the final act of the book, Hootkins frequently continues with this leisurely, almost jovial tone, even though Melville has gotten by then dead serious. But this is nitpicking.
NOTE: It's not TOTALLY unabridged. The etymology and extracts sections have been cut. But the rest is there.