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Billy Budd, Sailor Audiobook

Billy Budd, Sailor

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Publisher's Summary

Written some 40 years after Moby Dick, Melville's Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor's charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship's cold-blooded superior officer.

Mutiny was a continual threat greatly feared by naval officers. Even minor offences were dealt with harshly to keep crews in their place, regardless of whether the accused was guilty or innocent.

The envious Master-at-Arms becomes obsessed with the destruction of the 'Handsome Sailor' and torments the young man until his false accusations lead to an eventual charge of treason against Billy.

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Public Domain (P)2000 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©2000 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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    Johnny Topeka, KS, USA 06-11-07
    Johnny Topeka, KS, USA 06-11-07
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    "A good reading of a classic story"

    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.

    53 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Hiland 03-15-17
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    "Captivating"

    Such beautiful language. New respect for Melville, master of the complexities of the human heart.

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    Darrell McCauley 05-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Need chapter markers not violins"

    Some passages required me to refer back to the written version. This audiobook is presented with only three chapters, not the chapter markers that the author intended. Instead of chapter markers there was nice string music interspersed in odd spots.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. 07-03-17
    J.B. 07-03-17

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"

    Billy Budd, Sailor, written by: Herman Melville, Narrated by: William Roberts. This is a magnificent story of a good wholesome and loved by many Billy Budd, and how his nature fuses with the drastic life on a sea ship at the end of the 18th millennium. Billy is an impressed sailor who faces off with a ship’s first officer, antagonistic to Billy because of Billy’s goodness and appreciation by others. This book tells the story of the debased ravaging the pure; because of incarnate evil, lodged herein, in the first officer, John Claggart. The presence of the devil is a strong force in this novella.

    Billy is eventually put under false charges, and reacts violently. Thus, Billy becomes unfairly charged, but being properly prosecuted for his violent reaction when unfairly charged. Needless to say, the crew is in Billy’s favor, but the book next weights the need of the admiralty law to prevail and keep order and the crew’s demand for true and proper justice.

    A short novel, with multitudes of character interactions, deep seated conflicts in right and wrong, justice and equity and the disregard of those in control for the common man. All that counts is keeping those in power in authority.

    Great little story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    H. Adams 08-12-16
    H. Adams 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    I like the way Billy Budd was presented. I also like the way the story was fluent and not confusing. I did not like how long the chapters were.🙁

    I would recommend this to my entire family, friends, my book club!

    I chose this rating because of how cool, well written, amazing well read, and overall fantastic the book was!!!!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Olson Hagerstown, MD, US 03-05-15
    Scott Olson Hagerstown, MD, US 03-05-15
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    "Billy Budd"

    I had to read the book for school and using the audiobook was indefinitely helpful. Though at times it was hard to get though because of the nature of the writing, I enjoyed the book.

    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 07-26-17
    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Story telling at its best"

    Mr. Melville lives up to his out sized reputation. I don't often listen to a book twice. I did this one; back to back and enjoyed both equally.

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    Aaron S. Reddoch 07-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I struggled to get through this"

    I'm not sure if it's just a function of the time the book was written, but the language used was so over my head I felt like I needed a thesaurus at all times with me while listening to the book. I even found my mind-wandering quite often because I couldn't even understand what was being said. Now, taking that all out, the story isn't all that great anyways. it almost seems like it should be part of a much longer book. In the end I kind of just said to myself, what was the point of the whole thing?

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    Jason P Ohio USA 07-16-17
    Jason P Ohio USA 07-16-17 Member Since 2015

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    "This book did not age well."

    This book contains more rants and rambling than plot. Even on sale it is not worth purchasing.

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    Marv M. Lowell, MI USA 07-09-17
    Marv M. Lowell, MI USA 07-09-17 Member Since 2017

    . . . returning to Audible after a long absence, there is so much catching up to do, I hardly know where to begin!

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    "*"

    This time the movie was better than the book. The author's work was done in a very scholarly, scholastic style which greatly hampered my enjoyment of the listen. Perhaps this was common for the period in which it was written. Uncommon words and phrases not used in present day context brought a grin from time to time. (in a conversation someone would "ejaculate" a response, hmm?) Having seen the movie, I could keep some sort of track as to what was happening, but enjoy? not really. :(

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