Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Let’s get straight to it. I didn’t like this book. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by Anthony Heald, and I hated every second. (Not his fault, the story was awful).

The basic premise is interesting. Captain Ahab is obsessed with finding the whale responsible for the loss of his leg. He puts together a crew to help him hunt the elusive white whale, Moby-Dick. Ishmael, one of the shipmates, narrates the story. But there is so much boring detail! It’s waaay over 500 pages, and at least 80% of the book is about the ship and whaling industries. 80%!! I fell asleep so many damn times. My poor ears are bleeding from all the dullness. 

The other 20% I did like. It’s about Ishmael and how he ended up on the ship. About the adventures the crew experiences while out at sea. Now, that was well done. I liked those parts. And this nugget of wisdom made me laugh:

Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian


I know there is a broader theme about the evils of revenge and all that. But, I don’t know. I didn’t think Captain Ahab was crazy. Then again, I zoned out quite a number of times so there’s probably a lot I missed. And no, I didn’t go back and listen to those parts again. I’m not that big of a masochist.

Overall Feeling:

Fun Fact: Starbucks (yes, the coffee chain), got its name from one of the shipmates in this book. Apparently at one point Pequod (the ship’s name), was considered. I did have a hankering for coffee while I was listening. Would’ve been useful, to be honest. I see what you did there, Starbucks 😉

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

Challenge update: 31/40(*50)

Prompt: a book set at sea