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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Melville Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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Herman Melville is one of the greatest figures in literary history. His classic Moby Dick is generally considered the finest novel ever written by an American. Yet in Melville's day, Typee was a far more popular book. Largely autobiographical, this classic adventure story is set in the South Seas, where a runaway sailor is captured by the Typees. Described as a fierce and unrelenting tribe of savages, the islanders have no intention of letting their captive go.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 christopher | 3/3/2011

    " Exquisite! I wonder how often Melville thought of sweet Fayaway, or the final kindness of Marheyo, or the general carefree paradise of Typee when he was in his later life, obscure and forgotten, working a bleak office job in Manhattan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Space | 12/28/2010

    " He made me feel like I was there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 11/15/2010

    " An excellent book. Probably shouldn't have read it during Real Estate Transactions class over an 8 week period, but it's ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 8/18/2010

    " great every one should read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 6/5/2010

    " A entertaining and at times suspensful book. Starts a little slow, but develops well once you give it a chance. Sometimes reads as a travel review and then guickly turns into a tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane | 11/18/2009

    " Easily one of my favorites. Read the whole thing on my computer while in China thanks to project Gutenberg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Athena | 8/21/2009

    " Typee is my favorite Melville work. "

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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

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.