Herman Melville

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was an American writer and the author of Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener, and Billy Budd. Although he experienced some success with his first three novels, Melville quickly faded from literary fame. His other work did not gain popularity again 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.

  • 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