Hear a Complete 24-Hour Reading of Moby-Dick, Recorded at the Southbank Centre in London (2015)

moby dick unabridged

Last week, Ted Mills told you how Ply­mouth Uni­ver­si­ty orches­trat­ed a won­der­ful project called Moby-Dick The Big Read, which result­ed in celebrities–like Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, John Waters, Mary Oliv­er, Stephen Fry, and Til­da Swinton–reading the entire­ty of Her­man Melville’s Moby-Dick, and mak­ing the record­ing free to down­load.

This week­end, we hap­pi­ly dis­cov­ered anoth­er unabridged read­ing of Melville’s great Amer­i­can nov­el, this one com­ing out of the 2015 Lon­don Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val, held at the South­bank Cen­tre in Lon­don. Over four days, Moby-Dick was read by writ­ers, actors, come­di­ans, mem­bers of the pub­lic and even Melville’s great-great-great-grand­daugh­ter. You can stream a record­ing of the epic read­ing on Sound­cloud right below. You might want to make a good strong pot of cof­fee because it runs 24 hours.

If you vis­it the Moby-Dick Unabridged web­site, you can get more back­ground on the project. In the mean­time, this lat­est record­ing will be added to our col­lec­tion, 1,000 Free Audio Books: Down­load Great Books for Free.

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Relat­ed Con­tent

Hear Moby Dick Read in Its Entire­ty by Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, John Waters, Stephen Fry, Til­da Swin­ton & More

An Illus­tra­tion of Every Page of Her­man Melville’s Moby Dick

How Ray Brad­bury Wrote the Script for John Huston’s Moby Dick (1956)

Orson Welles Reads From Moby-Dick: The Great Amer­i­can Direc­tor Takes on the Great Amer­i­can Nov­el

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