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Billy Budd, Sailor

Herman Melville

A maritime classic from the master pen of Herman Melville. Written some forty 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.

A maritime classic from the master pen of Herman Melville. Written some forty 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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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A maritime classic from the master pen of Herman Melville. Written some forty 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

William Roberts

Length:

3h 35m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:34


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:27