Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Herman Melville

Narrated By: Burt Reynolds

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: July 2017

Duration: 6 hours 48 minutes


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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  • P Blurton

    Classic American novel! I loved re-living the story all over again! However, the narration was very hard to tolerate. I love Burt Reynolds, but this voice he used to narrate this book sounded like a drunk Irish Yoda. It was horrific! Not only was the voice/accent terrible, the rhythm was off... Burt would read 4 to 5 words at a time and pause in places where they weren’t needed and blow through pauses that were needed. I almost quit reading this book a few times, but I persevered hoping it would get better... I was wrong.


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