Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville audiobook

Billy Budd, Sailor

By Herman Melville
Read by William Roberts

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3.58 Hours Unabridged
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Billy Budd, Sailor is a maritime classic from the master pen of Herman Melville. Written some forty years after Moby Dick, Melville’s Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor’s charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship’s cold-blooded superior officer. Mutiny was a continual threat greatly feared by naval officers. Even minor offences were dealt with harshly to keep crews in their place—regardless of whether the accused was guilty or innocent. The envious master-at-arms becomes obsessed with the destruction of the “handsome sailor” and torments the young man until his false accusations lead to an eventual charge of treason against Billy.

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Billy Budd, Sailor is a maritime classic from the master pen of Herman Melville. Written some forty years after Moby Dick, Melville’s Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil.

Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor’s charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship’s cold-blooded superior officer. Mutiny was a continual threat greatly feared by naval officers. Even minor offences were dealt with harshly to keep crews in their place—regardless of whether the accused was guilty or innocent. The envious master-at-arms becomes obsessed with the destruction of the “handsome sailor” and torments the young man until his false accusations lead to an eventual charge of treason against Billy.

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Editorial Reviews

“Many of Melville’s unpolished passages read like philosophical ruminations rather than dramatic narrative. William Roberts uses this to his advantage, narrating with the persuasive tone of a debater. His reading will leave listeners pondering Budd’s situation even after the novel is finished. The musical excerpts seem superfluous in the early chapters but underscore the drama later as Budd’s situation becomes clearer.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Herman Melville

Author Bio: Herman Melville

Herman Melville (1819–1891) was born in New York City. Family hardships forced him to leave school for various occupations, including shipping as a cabin boy to Liverpool in 1839—a voyage that sparked his love for the sea. A shrewd social critic and philosopher in his fiction, he is considered an outstanding writer of the sea and a great stylist who mastered both realistic narrative and a rich, rhythmical prose. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick and the posthumously published novella Billy Budd.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Runtime: 3.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English