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  • Moby-Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Dave says: "I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny"
  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Philippe Duquenoy
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    Ishmael, a sailor looking for his next adventure, and his friend who happens to be a former prince, sign up to join a whaling ship in Nantucket. The morning before they set sail on their voyage, many ominous signs of what the pair's fate may be are seen and heard through sermon and prophecy as the two friends ignore the warnings and make their way to the docks. Soon into the trip, the one-legged Captain Ahab announces that the whaling adventure is really a hunt for one very specific large, white sperm whale.

    Maggie says: "Wow"
  • Billy Budd, Sailor | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd, Sailor

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    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.

    Johnny says: "A good reading of a classic story"
  • Moby Dick: The Whale | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick: The Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
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    Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

    Agnes Crow says: "Heed the advice"
  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
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    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Jessica says: "Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!"
  • Billy Budd | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    On one level...Melville’s tale is an historical adventure telling the story of life aboard ship shortly after the mutiny at Spithead in 1797. Billy is taken from a homeward bound merchantman to serve on the ‘Seventy Four’ HMS Indomitable. He falls foul of Claggart, the ‘Master at Arms’, and the final confrontation results in death. Billy becomes an unwilling martyr - what passes for justice must be implemented because of the rebellious climate of the time.

  • Moby Dick: or the Whale | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick: or the Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Mark Nelson
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    Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

    G.T. says: "Solid narration of a timeless classic"
  • Bartleby, the Scrivener | Herman Melville

    Bartleby, the Scrivener

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
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    The life of a Scrivener can be a dull one. After all, your entire occupation has to do with the handwritten copying of law documents. But when Bartleby arrives, he turns the office upside down with the enigmatic phrase: “I prefer not to.”

    Sharon says: "I loved Bartleby"
  • Billy Budd | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By John Hedigan
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    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. Like many sailors in the late 18th century, Billy Budd is forced into service aboard a warship where life is ruthless and unforgiving.

  • Billy Budd | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Michael Lackey
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    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. When Billy is forcibly transferred to HMS Bellipotent, he evokes the wrath of John Claggart, the ship's master-at-arms. Claggart falsely accuses Billy of conspiracy to mutiny, a charge that will have a profound effect on the fates of both seamen.

    Darwin8u says: "H2O here isn't wide, but deep w/ strong currents"
  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
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    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Thomas says: "The Narrator Brings the Book Alive"
  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
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    In the dark depths of the bottomless sea dwells a white demon, taking shape as the Leviathan known as Moby Dick. One year ago, the malefic brute crunched off the leg of the ungodly Captain Ahab, who now swears revenge. So runs the epic tale of Moby Dick, the supernal work of Herman Melville. In this unabridged production, you will walk with the young sailor Ishmael through the fires of life on a whaling vessel.

    MARK says: "Can't argue with a classic"
  • Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life | Herman Melville

    Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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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.

    Darwin8u says: "Peeping Typee is Tapu; Reading Typee is Noa!"
  • Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street | Herman Melville

    Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Ken Cohen
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    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. Herman Melville brings us into a small Wall Street law office and introduces us to the lawyer and his quirky staff, the quirkiest of whom is poor, quiet Bartleby, whose increasing refusals to participate in office procedures lead to increasingly bewildering and tragic consequences.

    DanielA says: "Beautiful narration of this classic tale"
  • Billy Budd | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    Billy Budd, an orphaned, illegitimate child suffused with innocence, openness, and natural charisma, has been impressed into service aboard the HMS Bellipotent. He is adored by the crew, but for unexplained reasons arouses the antagonism of the ship's Master-at-Arms John Claggart, who falsely accuses Billy of conspiracy to mutiny.

    Elmer Sklue says: "Very good"
  • Billy Budd, Foretopman | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd, Foretopman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    It's 1791. Friendly, handsome, and popular Billy Budd is a sailor on board the British warship HMS Indomitable. Britain is at war with France, and because of the famous Nore and Spithead mutinies that occurred earlier in the year, every captain is alert for signs of mutiny and rebellion. The master-at-arms, John Claggatt, a vicious bully, is insanely jealous of Billy's good looks and popularity.

    Turner says: "Poor quality"
  • Benito Cereno | Herman Melville

    Benito Cereno

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    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. The balance of forces is complete, the atmosphere one of epic significance, the light cast upon the hero intense to the highest degree, the realization of the human soul profound, and the telling of the story orchestrated like a great symphony.

    George says: "Timeless Meditation on Racial Hatred"
  • Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street | Herman Melville

    Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    Herman Melville’s tale of corporate discontent, Bartleby, the Scrivener, tells the story of a quiet, hardworking legal copyist who works in an office in the Wall Street area of New York City. The business where he works handles the official financial paperwork of wealthy men. One day, Bartleby’s employer requests he proofread one of the documents he has copied. Bartleby declines the assignment with the inscrutable “I would prefer not,” the first of what will become many refusals.

    Tad Davis says: "Very strange, very haunting"
  • Bartleby, the Scrivener | Herman Melville

    Bartleby, the Scrivener

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Bob Neufeld
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    "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 in 1856. A Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copy and any other task required of him, with the words "I would prefer not to".

  • The Divine Magnet: Herman Melville's Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne | Herman Melville

    The Divine Magnet: Herman Melville's Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
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    If you don't know Melville's letters to Hawthorne, you don't know Melville. These letters are full of passion, humor, doubt, and spiritual yearning, and offer an intimate view of Melville's personality. Lyrical and effusive, they are literary works in themselves. This correspondence has been out of print for decades, and even when it was in print it appeared in scholarly volumes of Melville's complete correspondence, aimed at the academy.

    Russ says: "Divinely beautiful"
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