It was one of those books you 'had' to read which is a guaranteed way to put me off. I was too young to appreciate it at the time, whereas now I understand the emotion in it. Even though Herman Melville wrote this book in 1851, the personalities of characters Ishmael and Captain Ahab can translate to today. To answer your question, I think it is a rather tedious read.
"Every story has three sides to it - yours, mine and the facts" Foster Meharny Russell