Moby-Dick

By Herman Melville
Produced by Dove Audio
Read by Burt Reynolds

The Classics Read by Celebrities Series

6.78 Hours 11/01/2007 abridged
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This epic story of Captain Ahab’s incredible quest for the elusive great whale is widely regarded as the Great American Novel. Narrator Ishmael’s longing for the sea is his sustenance. “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can…With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.” Ishmael’s love of the ocean could very well have been the author’s too. Melville’s experiences as a sailor provided a detailed background on the whaling industry and spawned the success and acclaim of this literary masterpiece.

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This epic story of Captain Ahab’s incredible quest for the elusive great whale is widely regarded as the Great American Novel. Narrator Ishmael’s longing for the sea is his sustenance. “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can…With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.” Ishmael’s love of the ocean could very well have been the author’s too. Melville’s experiences as a sailor provided a detailed background on the whaling industry and spawned the success and acclaim of this literary masterpiece.

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Author Bio: Herman Melville

Herman Melville (1819–1891) was born in New York City. Family hardships forced him to leave school for various occupations, including shipping as a cabin boy to Liverpool in 1839—a voyage that sparked his love for the sea. A shrewd social critic and philosopher in his fiction, he is considered an outstanding writer of the sea and a great stylist who mastered both realistic narrative and a rich, rhythmical prose. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick and the posthumously published novella Billy Budd.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 6.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English