Moby Dick Big Read: an audio chapter a day

Moby-DickMoby-Dick by Herman Melville

I swore I’d never read this book after hearing about how much time was spent on the technical aspects of whale species differentiation and whaling itself. However, the Moby Dick Big Read came along to change my mind enough to gingerly essay the first chapter, wonderfully read by Tilda Swinton. I’ll continue and see what makes this book so essential to so many. I’m also intrigued by their mixture of celebrities and unknown readers as an ultra-LibriVox concept in providing free content that may be read by many narrators.

What is the Moby-Dick Big Read?

Moby-Dick is the great American novel. But it is also the great unread American novel. Sprawling, magnificent, deliriously digressive, it stands over and above all other works of fiction…

…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 in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.

I have to admit that the “great unread American novel” hit me where I live since I have so often urged others to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin for the very same reason. The above is just a fraction of what they say about the novel so go there for details.

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  • http://b-moviecat.blogspot.com/ EegahInc

    Well, this is timely. According to my Kindle, I stalled out at 35% through Moby Dick about two weeks ago. Maybe I’ll finish it this way.

  • willduquette

    I tried reading Moby Dick some years ago. I thought it was fascinating right up until Ishmael boarded the Pequod. Shortly after that, I put the book down and never picked it up again.

    • juliedavis

      A lot of the time I can get through something in audio that I stall on in an actual book (or on the Kindle). A Tale of Two Cities, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel, etc. Here’s hoping this works for Moby Dick.

    • http://b-moviecat.blogspot.com/ EegahInc

      Exactly, willduquette. Reading about Ismael’s wanderings around the city and meeting Queequeg, I couldn’t believe I ever put off reading the book. Then he got on the ship…