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NA330012 - MELVILLE, H.: Billy Budd (Unabridged)

Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Billy Budd, Sailor

Read by William Roberts


A sea classic from the master pen of Herman Melville. Billy Budd, a sailor on a merchantman, is ‘pressed’ into service on HMS Indomitable during the Napoleonic Wars. He is popular among the crew, but is victimized by a brutal master-at-arms and tragedy becomes inevitable. Published posthumously, Billy Budd, Sailor was championed by

E.M. Forster and has since been recognized as a major work in Melville’s oeuvre.



William Roberts has appeared extensively in TV, film and theater, varying from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Navy Seals to Martin Chuzzlewit and A View to Kill. He is also a familiar voice on radio and audiobooks, with numerous dramas and books to his credit. He has also read American Short Stories and The Fall of the House of Usher for Naxos AudioBooks.

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