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After spending the summer of 1853 in the Berkshire Mountains, where he supposedly had a real life encounter with a lightning-rod salesman, Melville published The Lightning-Rod Man.” At the end of this short story, the lightning-rod salesman is exposed for the fraud that he is. However, that will not keep his successors from fanning out to the Middle West, where lightning storms abound and farmers were gullible. On another level, the story can be interpreted as a confrontation between Good and Evil. Through description and diction, the narrator is understood as a follower of God, someone who believes in The Almighty watching over him. On the other hand, the lightning-rod man is seen as a negative character, someone who only has faith in the product he’s peddling. Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet, whose work is often classified as part of the genre of dark romanticism. He is best known for his novel Moby Dick and novella Billy Budd, the latter of which was published posthumously. After a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the “Melville Revival” in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, most notably Moby Dick which was hailed as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.

This great title is now available in its entirety on the iScroll®, a Text Synchronized Audiobook? (TSA) reader that will completely change the way you experience your favorite book. Choose to read, listen or both. Numerous studies have shown that simultaneous reading and listening dramatically increases focus, concentration and retention, ultimately boosting your learning capacity.

iScroll Features

– Enhanced Reading Features:
– Read, listen or do both
– Read in landscape or portrait
– Adjust font, line spacing, font and background color
– Optional two finger zoom to adjust text size
– Bookmark content for future reference
– Look up words
– Nighttime reading feature

Advanced Playback Features:
– Scroll through the text to fast forward and rewined (visual scrubbing)
– Chapter swipe: navigate through chapters with a side swipe
– Adjust playback speed when scrolling without audio: choose from 3 different speeds

Essential Study Features:
– Search the entire audio
– In-app look up: easily lookup content on Google/Wikipedia/dictionary
– Annotate content and email notes

We intend to produce quality products for your reading pleasure. We are constantly updating our software, thus we honor and appreciate any feedback from you to further enhance our products and your reading experience.

New Features:

– Multi-tasking
– Continue listening to audio while using other apps
– Audio Highlight
– Highlight words on the screen as narrator says them
– Facebook connect
– Copy text and then post it along with the corresponding audio directly to Facebook.
– Twitter Connect
– Copy text and post it along with a link to the audio to twitter


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