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‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online, one new chapter each day, in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.
Starting 16 September 2012!
For more info please go to: www.mobydickbigread.com

The Moby-Dick Big Read Peninsula Arts

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    • 4.7, 106 Ratings

‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online, one new chapter each day, in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.
Starting 16 September 2012!
For more info please go to: www.mobydickbigread.com

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

kbayline ,

My favorite

Excellent audio, great voices, thank you for pursuing one of the greatest stories I have had the privilege to know.

DoctorSubmarine ,

The perfect way to experience the novel for the first time

By breaking it up into individual chapters, this infamously gigantic book is made a lot more digestible. You can glean a lot more entertainment value from it as well. Most of the readers are full of personality, and actually add to the story in their interpretations.

Jim Morton ,

Mixed bag, but mostly excellent

As one might expect from an audiobook where a different person reads every chapter, some readers do a better than others. A few stumble over some of the words, and I am surprised how many mispronounce forecastle (it's always dangerous to assume an English word is pronounced how it looks). So far there has only been one truly horrendous chapter by some guy who seemed to think that we'd rather listen to his experimental music than Melville's prose (we wouldn't). Most are quite well done and some of the readers are both well-known and surprising. I certainly didn't expect Benedict Cumberbatch, and John Waters even less. If you've always wanted to read "Moby Dick," but couldn't get into this, this might be the answer.

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