Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Moby Dick

By Herman Melville

  • Release Date: 1851-10-17
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 1,960 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.”


  • 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
  • It is a good book to read.

    By Blondie 67
  • The one of the best piece of literature out there

    By Garrypowers
    The book incapacitates you in its deep knowledge about whale fishery and slowly drives you towards the narrative. The alone boy with a cannibal......the crazy captain Ahab fuming with revenge....the shipmates. A must read book for people who love the seas.
  • Good!

    By bwp111
  • The best novel ever written

    By Joe Fams
    Read it a few times.
  • The whale

    By fivecows
    Melvilles prose is so beautiful, it counters the ugly behavior of humans perfectly
  • good

    By MyNameIsJamesLolOkBye
    i likrcweafkws wal s
  • Moby Dick

    By Katndanny6580
    Read this in sixth grade for fun. Recently watched In the Heart of the Sea and decided I needed to reread it. Loved it just as much this time as the first time.