I had to read "Billy Budd" for a senior seminar class in college, and this audiobook version worked great for me. The narration of this version is a little dry, but then there are other versions where the quality is simply dreadful to say the least.
As many may already know, there are various copies of Billy Budd (BB: Foretopman, BB: Sailor, etc.) because Melville never published the novella in his lifetime. However, I listened to this audiobook while reading along with the Norton Critical Edition of Billy Budd, and the changes were hardly distinct (except for the name of the ship Indomitable vs. Belipotent and an added paragraph towards the end of the novella).
Anyway, I've listened to this audiobook 4 times since I bought it, and it's a great version in my opinion.
William Hurt's narration of this novel is simply amazing. His voice makes the story come to life, and his rendition of Mike (the drunken Scottsman) made me really fall in love with the story.
Hurt's excellent French pronunciations also helps considering I have no working knowledge of how to speak romance languages. This story was great from beginning to end. An audible must have!
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