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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (6,985 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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It's 1791. Friendly, handsome, and popular Billy Budd is a sailor on board the British warship H.M.S. Indomitable. Britain is at war with France, and because of the famous Nore and Spithead mutinies that occurred earlier in the year, every captain is alert for signs of mutiny and rebellion. The master-at-arms, John Claggatt, a vicious bully, is insanely jealous of Billy's good looks and popularity. Claggatt sets about to entrap Billy in a charge of fomenting mutiny, and as events unfold - violently - Captain Vere is forced to mete out justice in a situation where the very nature of innocence is called into question. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennie | 2/16/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Berman | 2/12/2014

    " Magnificent, haunting, and complex -- the nature of evil, humanity's need to eradicate the blankness of the natural, and the mercilessness of institutions and war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 1/29/2014

    " In his usual style, Melville continually kept my brain working by using numerous historical, biblical, and mythical allusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Jo Gesteland | 1/25/2014

    " before this Am Lit class, I hadn't read this text. once I assigned--and began hearing complaints from students about how hard it was--I doubted my intentions. but as I read it yesterday, chuckling as I did, I knew it was a good choice. I really do like Melville and this seems quintessential him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Randall | 1/12/2014

    " Let me preface this by saying I had to read it for class last week, so it started out at a disadvantage. It was ok, but nothing special. The plot seemed secondary to Melville's digressions, which while not completely without merit, always worry me in a work so short. That aside, the plot was not terribly interesting and, except for the pivotal scene, predictable. I'm also angry that I had to read it for class, and we only discussed it for 20 minutes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Talkingtowalls | 1/11/2014

    " 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 Katharine K | 12/26/2013

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

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

    " This is possibly the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. I gave it one star only because; it is not possible to give zero stars, and the vocab has helped to prepare me for the SAT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collin Johnson | 11/15/2013

    " a tough read but rewarding "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dena | 11/10/2013

    " I had to read this book twice: once for honors English and once for Political Science. Hated it both times. Therefore, I was made president of The Billy Budd Society (BBS) at ETSU, which required that all members must never have read Billy Budd or have hated it if they did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 11/9/2013

    " What an incredible story on justice "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erica | 11/6/2013

    " This is one of the only books that I fell asleep (multiple times) while reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shans McClellan | 11/6/2013

    " Um, I don't think this is the best short story ever written. Go to James Joyce and Flannery O'Connor for that feat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandy | 11/3/2013

    " I know I read this in high school. I know I didn't like it. I no longer remember it at all so I'm guessing it didn't have too much of an impact on me. There are some books from the 1001 books list that I don't remember well but would read again. This is not one of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbi | 9/22/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 9/14/2013

    " Now I've read something by Herman Melville. Check that one off! Maybe Moby Dick next? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 7/1/2013

    " 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 Heather | 11/6/2012

    " I'm not a fan of Melville. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ariel | 8/3/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meri L | 3/9/2012

    " 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 Nicole | 1/24/2012

    " Well, it certainly does SUCK. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Lopez | 4/17/2011

    " Easy read. Only read this because it was required for a class. But I'm not a Melville fan. "

  • 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

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.