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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (6,996 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Billy Budd, a paragon of simple goodness and virile beauty, is press-ganged into the crew of HMS Indomitable in 1797, soon after the mutiny in the British fleet. Billy is popular with everyone on board except Claggart, the master-at-arms, a depraved and wicked man. His malice towards Billy results in a death, a court-martial and an execution at sea. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Newengland | 2/20/2014

    " In high school, we read this in lieu of Moby Dick because it was shorter. Hang it all, there's apparently more than meets the aye-yi (sir), but it was lost on us! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Murley | 2/9/2014

    " A classic read in high school "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Christ | 2/6/2014

    " I liked this book more than I liked Moby Dick which I started years ago but haven't finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Gager | 2/4/2014

    " Good vs. Evil plain and simple. My prep school drama club did this one. Good job too. No, I was not in that club. Just the audience. Date read is a guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/4/2014

    " Not an easy read as far as language, but my first Melville story. Quite an activist was he. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 L.R. Green | 1/31/2014

    " It's so confusing and hard to understand! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 1/29/2014

    " The one book that I read in high school and never ever liked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah | 1/23/2014

    " Horrible book would not recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 1/20/2014

    " Adventure on the high seas, wonderful audio entertainment. An adaption, not just the book on audio, it sizzles "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Demosthenes | 1/8/2014

    " The worst punishment I could imagine my hell to be is reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/31/2013

    " I just read this last year- I don't know what I was waiting for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fawn | 12/8/2013

    " this makes me want to vapor in the groggeries along the towpath... whatever that means. yay melville! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ariel | 12/7/2013

    " Most homoerotic required reading I've ever been faced with, as well a lovely example of an intrusive narrator who enjoys pleonasm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 10/31/2013

    " I just love Herman Melville! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lady Danielle aka The Book Huntress | 10/6/2013

    " I like the Christ metaphor, but I found this one dry and hard to read. I had to force myself to get it read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 8/24/2013

    " Read in hs and disliked greatly. Maybe Melville and I were just not meant to be. I remember it being just an affront to my sensibilities. And my dad was in the navy and I loved his stories at sea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 7/7/2013

    " I liked how the novella mixed an essay style with fiction. While it was a bit difficult at times, I found that I learned a lot from reading it. Especially about life on the ship and how a mutiny can be seen as a battle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 1/11/2013

    " At least it was short. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debra | 11/2/2012

    " why does so much 'great' literature suck? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Talkingtowalls | 9/8/2012

    " About halfway through at present, reminds me of Wuthering Heights, the story takes second place to the character studies and the juxtaposition of good and evil. The main difference to me is that Bronte did a field study while Melville preferred the lab. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aria Smith | 7/7/2012

    " I have a serious issue with any book that has a chapter called: "A Digression." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Kittleman | 2/21/2012

    " This book opened my eyes in high school. It made methaphor tangible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 1/24/2012

    " Poor Baby Budd. Everyone on the ship was sort of lusting after him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 12/23/2011

    " Why Mr. Melville? First Bartleby and now Billy? Why must you be so cruel?.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 12/8/2011

    " This book was left uncompleted at the time of Melville's death. It is not in the same league as Moby Dick. Melville was not particularly successful as a writer, and this book tends to show that. Perhaps he only had one truly great book in him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clif Smith | 11/10/2011

    " There is so much to this short work that I could go on for days talking about it. Great story, characters, symbolism, theme, etc. One of the best I have ever used in the classroom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Versel Rush | 11/8/2011

    " Read in my "Jurisprudence and the Law" class with Professor Powers at UT Law. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Britt☮ | 10/12/2011

    " If only negative stars were an option... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 8/23/2011

    " I liked the justice and mercy interplay, but it didn't go far enough for my liking. I would have liked a little more exploration of the themes. In any case the language was just fantastic. One of these days I'll finally give Moby Dick a go. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 4/20/2011

    " Well, it certainly does SUCK. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsea | 4/4/2011

    " Emily was right. Booooo Billy Budd booooo "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerri | 3/24/2011

    " WTF did I just read. No clue what happened. Thank god the last chapter had a quick sum up of events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke1992 | 3/21/2011

    " Wish I could've given it a 3.5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 3/7/2011

    " Interesting Insites into navel history.
    library book sale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/19/2011

    " Reading Project Gutenberg, and too lazy to create a new book to prove it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 2/14/2011

    " This book was left uncompleted at the time of Melville's death. It is not in the same league as Moby Dick. Melville was not particularly successful as a writer, and this book tends to show that. Perhaps he only had one truly great book in him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 2/3/2011

    " I laughed when there was a heated discussion in one episode of The Sopranos about this book. Not one of my favorites, but not terrible, either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gen50 | 1/31/2011

    " a wonderful classic, i cried
    then i cried again in the movi3 version "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Demosthenes | 1/1/2011

    " The worst punishment I could imagine my hell to be is reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katharine K | 1/1/2011

    " if i could give it a lower score i would "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/24/2010

    " Much more digestible than Moby Dick. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.