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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

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    • 4.6 • 152 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

    Epilogue - Read by Mary Oliver - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Epilogue - Read by Mary Oliver - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Introduced by Peter Donaldson, Recorded by John Braden, WOMR, Edited and Mixed at dBs Music
    '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

    • 2 min
    Chapter 135: The Chase – Third Day - Read by James Naughtie - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Chapter 135: The Chase – Third Day - Read by James Naughtie - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Introduced by Peter Donaldson, Edited and Mixed at dBs Music
    '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

    • 32 min
    Chapter 134: The Chase – Second Day - Read by Roger Allam - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Chapter 134: The Chase – Second Day - Read by Roger Allam - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Introduced by Peter Donaldson, Recorded by Kate Bland - Cast Iron Studios, Edited and Mixed at dBs Music
    '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

    • 25 min
    Chapter 133: The Chase – First Day - Read by Kerry Shale - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Chapter 133: The Chase – First Day - Read by Kerry Shale - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Introduced by Peter Donaldson, Recorded by Kate Bland - Cast Iron Studios, Edited and Mixed at dBs Music
    '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

    • 24 min
    Chapter 132: The Symphony - Read by Cerys Matthews - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Chapter 132: The Symphony - Read by Cerys Matthews - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Introduced by Peter Donaldson, Recorded by Pete Gleadall, Edited and Mixed at dBs Music
    '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

    • 12 min
    Chapter 131: The Pequod Meets the Delight - Read by Daniel Allen - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Chapter 131: The Pequod Meets the Delight - Read by Daniel Allen - http://mobydickbigread.com

    Introduced by Peter Donaldson, Recorded by Bath Spa University, Edited and Mixed at dBs Music
    '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

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

poiuytrewq1740 ,

Came to hear Benedict Cumberbatch...

...and stayed for all the rest! Thanks for all of this. It was a treat for the ears and imagination.

kbayline ,

My favorite

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

Ihatethisnicknamecrap$€¥¢£₩ ,

Such a waste...

The first chapter is beautifully read by Tilda Swinton. I can't overstate that. Her performance, like all of her performances, brings out all the life and wonder of the source material. The Whale is one of my very favourite things in the entire world, and I never knew how much I wanted to hear Tilda Swinton read it to me until I heard this. To be fair, she could read me the phone book and I'd be enthralled.

Unfortunately, she only reads the first chapter. They have someone different reading every chapter for some inexplicably stupid reason. The producer obviously knew that Tilda Swinton was the absolute best choice to read this, so they put her first in the hopes that you'd stick with it. It didn't work. I've listened to this first chapter a dozen times but I can't stand to listen much further.

They do have a few readers that I like, but the fact that they have someone different reading every chapter is anti-logical and distracting. It's an absolutely stupid exercise that should never have been approved. I would have given them any amount of money if they'd just stuck with Tilda Swinton, but they had to do something senseless and stupid.

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