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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (6,979 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Christopher Timothy Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Billy Budd, Sailor is a classic confrontation between good and evil, and the story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself against a wrongful accusation.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan | 2/18/2014

    " I'm pretty sure I'd fight Melville if he was alive today. Or at least give him a wedgie. Yeah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/9/2014

    " I think that I was one of the only students in my high school American Lit. class that liked Billy Budd. It's actually my favorite Melville story. It's just packed full of injustice and bravery in the face of unbeatable odds. Just the kind of thing that can really hit that nerve that teenagers have that makes them acutely aware of injustice and persecution. Reading Melville is no cakewalk, and I would never claim that he's one of my favorite authors. But I did like Billy Budd. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Diaz | 2/3/2014

    " I learned more from the movie with Terence Stamp and Robert Ryan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie Ash-Evans | 1/28/2014

    " I see there of this book; I liked it but then I love sea tales; I love Moby Dick, so read this short tale and see what YOU think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaili | 1/26/2014

    " Honestly, I had to read this book for my freshman year and I honestly did not like it. Excuse my youthful opinion, but I didn't like the ending, the characters.. It's just not my thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anabel Boyanova | 1/24/2014

    " Short read, took me one day- It was my winter break homework for AP Lit. Not too awful, I mean... I guess Melville`s sometimes long-winded descriptions were a pain, but I didn`t hate the actual plot and meaning of the novella. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 1/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 1/6/2014

    " A sad, beautiful story. Some are just too good to live "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/2/2014

    " Billy Budd is everything one should expect from a Herman Melville novel: conflict, frustration, and the completely unexpected. I highly recommend it to those with whom there is a love of the sea, historic settings, personal conflict, and Melville's unique writing style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 1/2/2014

    " Just did not like this book. It was panful to finish. I'm guessing Melville and I don't have the same style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 12/19/2013

    " Read for a Lit class... Vere didn't have a choice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 12/4/2013

    " Read this in high school, probably because they wanted us to have a Moby Dick experience without assigning Moby Dick. Big mistake. The symbolism is obnoxiously obvious, and I remember hating it more than any other book I was required to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keeley | 12/1/2013

    " Hands down the worst book I have ever had the misfortune to read! It's only redeaming quality is that it is very short. It was agonizing and horrid. Boring, and difficult. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennie | 10/23/2013

    " This was a forced read in HS. *Shudder* "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsea | 10/21/2013

    " I read this as part of a Humanities course on Law and Language. I do not remember being particularly blown away; was happier reading Cabeza de Vaca. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 10/18/2013

    " From what I understand, this novella grew out of a footnote Melville provided for a poem, which appears at the end of the story. I'm actually quite partial to the poem more than the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 6/27/2013

    " All I remember about this book is that I was forced to read it for class and didn't like it at all. Met Scott in that class, though. So that was good. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meri L | 5/21/2013

    " As much as I love reading classics, I kind of hated this one. It was so confusing and hard to understand :( At least I got a 100% on my Literary Analysis Paper! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 L.R. Green | 4/10/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emelinemimie | 2/19/2013

    " I think Melville is not for me. It was pure torture. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Demosthenes | 12/10/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbi | 8/23/2012

    " MY goodness. Melville spends more time describing the beautiful torsos of young men than he does the sea. Enough already! Couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 8/11/2012

    " This book shows Melville's rather dim view of man's predestined course and ignores God. The short stories are good, but I find the dated style not as fluid as our more modern authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 8/10/2012

    " I was bored out of my mind reading this book. I haven't read Moby Dick yet and after reading this, I have my doubts about even starting it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 8/6/2012

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

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About the Author
Author Herman MelvilleHerman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

About the Narrator

Christopher Timothy starred as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small, the internationally renowned BBC television series based on Herriot’s work. A veteran of stage, screen, and television, Timothy is a winner of the prestigious Sir John Gielgud Scholarship and the Sir Laurence Olivier Award. He also coproduced and starred in a critically acclaimed film version of James Herriot’s Yorkshire.