Billy Budd, Herman Melville
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Billy Budd

Author: Herman Melville

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki; directed by Emily Janice Card

Unabridged: 3 hr 31 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 07/08/2009

Genre: Fiction - Classics

Synopsis

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 MasteratArms John Claggart, who falsely accuses Billy of conspiracy to mutiny. Set in 1797, Herman Melvilles Billy Budd exploits the tension of this period during the war between England and France to create a tale of satanic treachery, tragedy, and great pathos that explores human relationships and the inherently ambiguous nature of manmade justice.

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