Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Moby Dick

By Herman Melville

  • Release Date: 1851-10-17
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 2,399 Ratings


An Apple Books Classic edition.

Herman Melville’s classic begins with one of the most famous opening lines in world literature: “Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick was a commercial failure when it was first published in 1851, but during the 20th century, the book’s reputation grew and grew.

The novel features a memorable cast of characters, in particular the ivory-legged Captain Ahab, who lost a limb to the gargantuan white whale named Moby Dick. Now, Ahab’s sole obsession is hunting down the sea creature to exact his revenge. Heedless of warnings, Ahab risks ship and crew in his maniacal pursuit, bearing out Melville’s observation that ”there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”


  • Classic

    By ytoytom
    A tale of life in the oceans & others fall for gain. Classic of a book.
  • OK?

    By Time to give up
    A little bit too boring
  • One of my favorite novels

    By drtgaither
    Still the great American novel!
  • Read this book

    By dont vote for trump :)
    Long, detailed, and an exciting ride. Lost me at parts, gained me back at others. Overall glad to have read this classic important epic. Beautiful language.
  • Boring and hard to stay interested

    By Matt8385727
    I really truly do not understand why this book is held up the way it is. I had to force myself to finish it just so I could say I read it. It must be one of those things were is either love it or hate it. I found it boring and uninteresting. It was hard to keep up with at times.
  • Meh.

    By Billy the stint cat
    Melville is so verbose that it seems to me he was paid by word. Not that great of a book.
  • Classic Tale

    By Timothy9470
    The reading is hard at times due to the differences in how we talk nowadays. It has some slow chapters when explaining the whales, how the ship works, and some characters. The best part is picturing what the main characters look like and what they are doing. So glad I took the time to read this classic book.
  • I’m 12 and this was my first time reading the real one

    By Karma C. Green
    It’s really good and takes me more than an half an hour to read, opposed to the 80 page long children’s version
  • Whale

    By Chantell johnson
    Very boring and long for the book to be so boring.
  • My favorite book

    By Uptgraftt420
    Beautiful story about a man who hates a whale