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: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,015
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 622
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 617

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping despite the minutiae

    • By Sarah on 06-06-08

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Encantadas

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Mark Owen
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Encantadas (or Enchanted Isles), is a series of 10 descriptive sketches, and a reminiscence from Melville's sailor days revealing the ecologically pristine Galapagos Islands as enchanting and horrifying. The Encantadas contains some of Melville's most memorable prose....

    Regular price: $2.79

    • The Piazza Tales

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Mark Owen, Pete Cross, Michael Lackey
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This collection includes Melville's three most important achievements in the genre of short fiction: the short story "Bartleby, the Scrivener" and the novellas Benito Cereno and The Encantadas....

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Benito Cereno

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    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

    • 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 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    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

    • Billy Budd

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18

    On one level....

    Regular price: $10.32

    • Billy Budd

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: John Hedigan
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 7

    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

    • 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: Ken Cohen
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    This classic story of a New York lawyer and his oddly rebellious clerk is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1853....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful narration of this classic tale

    • By DanielA on 01-24-17

    Regular price: $8.55

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