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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,515 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Christopher Timothy Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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The action is set within the claustrophobic confines of a British man-of-war ship in the summer of 1797. Here live the crew of the HMS Indomitable, many of them pressed into service against their will.

Billy Budd, however, enjoys naval life. But the evil master-at-arms, Claggart, loathes his fresh-faced innocence and accuses him of mutiny. From this false charge springs a naval tragedy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/16/2014

    " Bartlby, one of the best ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannan | 12/18/2013

    " It was better than I was expecting. It helped that it was required reading back in high school so I knew all the stuff to look for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Tielmann | 12/13/2013

    " I like this collection of short stories a lot better than "Moby Dick" because there wasn't enough room for chapter-long descriptions of boats, rigging and the various parts of a ship that were horrible to wade through and were completely over my head. The way he writes makes it hard to read at a comfortable pace and I had to re-read paragraphs in order to fully understand what was going on. It's not a light, easy read.. makes you think and has a lot of underlying meaning on each page.. but a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Kaylor | 12/12/2013

    " I read Billy Budd when I was on my whaling kick and was reading Melville because he liked to write about it. It's a pretty good story. I don't remember liking any of his other short stories much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 11/14/2013

    " I'm pretty sure no writer fills me with quite as much sheer delight as Melville, even in those few sentences of Billy Budd that aren't about how totally H-O-T Billy is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kylie | 11/8/2013

    " So... It was okay. I didn't enjoy it, but I didn't hate it... I just dreaded reading it. I give this book some sympathy because it was never finished by Mr. Melville. This is just a publication of his drafts which had been partially written by his wife while he spoke because he was in such poor health. I don't recommend it, unless you enjoy being bored. In which case, you probably read this every night and don't need my review anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lacy | 10/17/2013

    " one day I'll be able to get through this book. One day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krunal Patel | 8/21/2013

    " Combination of sea life and the law. This book was written for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 André P | 8/7/2013

    " Two stars, because of "Bartleby, the Scrivener". Otherwise, it would get only one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Lasher | 5/11/2013

    " I don't remember it all that well, but you gotta give a shout out to Melville, right? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maciek | 2/4/2013

    " I enjoyed "Benito Cereno" and really liked "Bartleby The Scrivener", but "Billy Bud" is just too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Alvarez | 10/9/2012

    " I would prefer not to say what I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 11/27/2011

    " Read in college. . .a long time ago. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/11/2011

    " I enjoyed most of the stories in here. "The Encantadas" was pretty cool. "Bartleby the Scrivener" is obviously way cool for its passive resistance. I could say more, but "I'd prefer not." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 psm | 10/17/2011

    " melville's solemn, cumbrous prose is perfectly weighted for the metaphysical examination of good and evil in "billy budd" (which is his true masterpiece). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seth Courrégé | 7/13/2011

    " Never understood why this book is considered a 'classic'. Forget Billy Budd, pick up Melville's Moby Dick. However, there is one good short story in this collection, Bartleby the Scrivener, that deserves to be read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 zack | 7/2/2011

    " I WOULD PREFER NOT TO. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khaliah Williams | 4/27/2011

    " I actually only read Billy Budd. "

  • 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

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.