Herman Melville
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Herman Melville

The writing career of Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) peaked early, with his early novels, such as Typee becoming best sellers. By the mid-1850s his poularity declined sharply, and by the time he died he had been largely forgotten. Yet in time his novel Moby Dick came to be regarded as one of the finest works of American, and indeed world, literature, as was Billy Budd, which was not published until long after his death, in 1924.

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    • Moby-Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,877
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,366

    Its famous opening line, "Call me Ishmael," dramatic in its stark simplicity, begins an epic that is widely regarded as the greatest novel ever written by an American....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny

    • By Dave on 05-09-12

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Confidence-Man

    • His Masquerade
    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    This is a story of interlocking tales from a group of steamboat passengers traveling down the Mississippi toward New Orleans....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • great themes and concepts, poor story

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-25-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Billy Budd

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: John Hedigan
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 8

    A model merchant seaman, admired by crew and officers alike for his skill, masculine beauty, and noble nature, Billy Budd's life changes dramatically and irrevocably when he is impressed into the military....

    Regular price: $2.79

    • Typee

    • A Peep at Polynesian Life
    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Peeping Typee is Tapu; Reading Typee is Noa!

    • By Darwin8u on 04-21-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Hugger Mugger

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    When Spenser is approached by Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, to find out who is threatening his horse Hugger Mugger, he can hardly say no...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • questionable at first

    • By Georganne on 06-12-05

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Piazza Tales (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: David deVries
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    With disparate settings such as a Massachusetts farmhouse and the strange volcanic clime of the Enchanted Isles, this six-story anthology features some of Herman Melville’s most exceptional works....

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Benito Cereno

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    This is the epic sea adventure, a harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship, is often regarded as Melville's finest short story....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Timeless Meditation on Racial Hatred

    • By George on 10-08-14

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Billy Budd

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Michael Lackey
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    In 1797, young Billy Budd is impressed into naval service. It is a perilous time for a British Royal Navy still reeling from mutinies and marauding French ships....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • H2O here isn't wide, but deep w/ strong currents

    • By Darwin8u on 12-04-13

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Omoo

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Following the commercial and critical success of Typee, Herman Melville continued his series of South Sea adventure-romances with Omoo....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • See Melville's Fiction Genius Pushing Hard

    • By Darwin8u on 05-16-14

    Regular price: $22.95

    • Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I like this story very much...

    • By Christian on 09-03-18

    Regular price: $6.95

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