Herman Melville

Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and poet. Although he experienced some success during his lifetime, he quickly faded from literary fame and did not regain popularity until the early 20th century, when Moby Dick was hailed as a literary masterpiece and paved the way for the critical celebration of his other works, including Billy Budd, Benito Cereno, and “Bartleby, the Scrivener.”

  • Bartleby, the Scrivener

    By Herman Melville

    Read by Michael Lackey

    A Story of Wall Street

    A successful lawyer recounts his experiences with Bartleby, the strangest man he has ever known.

    "Lackey's well-modulated reading and measured pace underline the Kafkaesque qualities of the story. As Bartleby, his deadpan refrain has a chilling effect, haunting the lawyer and listener alike." - Booklist (audio review)

    Released Tue Oct 15 00:00:00 UTC 2013
    English, Unabridged

  • Billy Budd

    By Herman Melville

    Read by Michael Lackey

    Discovered three decades after his death, Melville's unfinished novella is hailed as a masterpiece.

    "Michael Lackey's presentation is very well done. He reads with a British accent and his voicing of all the characters yields a variety of British, Irish, cockney and other accents. Listeners, familiar with Billy Budd or not, with an interest in this classic story will find much food for thought in this performance." - SoundCommentary

    Released Tue Oct 15 00:00:00 UTC 2013
    English, Unabridged

  • Benito Cereno

    By Herman Melville

    Read by Pete Cross

    The tale of Captain Delano's encounter with Benito Cereno and his suspicious crew in need of help.

    Released Thu Jul 14 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • Typee

    By Herman Melville

    Read by Eric G. Dove

    Herman Melville’s first book, considered a classic in travel and adventure literature.

    Released Tue Jun 26 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged

  • Moby Dick

    By Herman Melville

    Read by Pete Cross

    Melville's seafaring masterpiece, featuring Captain Ahab and the titular white whale

    Released Tue Aug 21 00:00:00 UTC 2018
    English, Unabridged