Moby Dick (abridged)

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Herman Melville


Read by Bill Bailey


The Nantucket whaling ship, the Pequod, spirals the globe in search of Moby Dick, the mythical white whale of the Southern Oceans. Driven on by the obsessive revenge of Captain Ahab, the crew and the outcast Ishmael find themselves caught up in a demonic pursuit which leads inexorably to an apocalyptic climax.

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  • Running Time: 4 h 44 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-556-7
    Cat. no.:NA402612
    Download size:69 MB
    Released:December 1999
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In this superb abridgment, the richness of Melville’s prose pours out like thick cream from an iron pitcher. Haunting phrases and word-painted, wild scenes are mixed with selections of classical music, mostly somber, selected by a skilled producer. Bill Bailey, a British actor, sounds as American as the whaling men he describes, a low, intense presence with distinct differentiation of the characters. His Captain Ahab is memorable, calling to mind Gregory Peck’s movie portrayal. I count this as one of the best titles I’ve reviewed.

D.W., AudioFile

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