Typee


Read by Michael Scherer

(4.4 stars; 71 reviews)

Typee is Herman Melville's first book, recounting his experiences after having jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands in 1842, and becoming a captive of a cannibal island tribe. It was an immediate success in America and England, and was Melville's most popular work during his lifetime. It was not until the end of the 1930's that it was surpassed in popularity by Moby Dick, more than thirty years after his death. The story provoked harsh criticism for its condemnation of missionary efforts in the Pacific Islands. Many sought to discredit the book, claiming that it was a work of fiction, but this criticism ended when the events it described were corroborated by Melville's fellow castaway, Richard T. Greene, who appears in the story as the character Toby (Summary by Michael)

(11 hr 42 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 16:10 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 02 19:20 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 03 9:45 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 04 29:27 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 05 10:35 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 06 17:32 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 07 25:19 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 08 20:07 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 09 20:17 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 10 27:06 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 11 34:04 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 12 23:45 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 13 17:21 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 14 23:50 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 15 11:58 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 16 13:19 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 17 21:52 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 18 34:18 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 19 15:41 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 20 10:47 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 21 9:36 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 22 14:12 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 23 15:24 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 24 30:30 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 25 20:44 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 26 32:11 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 27 16:51 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 28 8:39 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 29 16:56 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 30 22:31 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 31 10:52 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 32 23:17 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 33 12:05 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 34 22:34 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 35 13:08 Read by Michael Scherer
Chapter 36 30:38 Read by Michael Scherer

Reviews

excellent reader interesting account of writer

(5 stars)

the reader did a fantastic job. the writer records the true account of his stay on the island with the native typee. this account really goes to show you that you should not judge a person by what you hear others tell you of them. only a few chapters got boring while discussing culture or missionaries with out relating events to them, but when the writer would write "an example of this" and give an account to go along with the history -then I found it interesting. recommended reading!

Good book, great reader!

(5 stars)

Excellent reader his performance improved the experience of the story. The story is really fun and gripping enough to hold your attention if your mind wanders like me.

very interesting

(5 stars)

Very interesting apparently historical account. I never found myself bored at this listening. This book is full of fascinating accounts that derail notions that white man's impact on "primitive" cultures is positive.

great way to get lost in time

(5 stars)

This is well read and clear to listen to. Great job and thanks for making my road trip go so well.

Reply to Jac from Tucson

(0 stars)

Jac, the chapters do not, in fact, fade out at the end. What is happening is that some listening devices/programs truncate files slightly (Realplayer in particular). It is now Librivox policy to add 5-10 seconds of silence at the end of each file (depending on its length) to counteract this problem. This particular recording was made in early 2006, before we knew about the problem. I will download the files and add the extra silence as soon as I have time. :)

Read in a monotone, all ends of chapters fade before conclusion

(2 stars)

I'm going to the library and check out this book. That way, as the end of a chapter nears and I hear the volume being turned down, I can finish the action. It's very, very annoying and prevents me from coming close to giving this five stars. Perhaps I'm spoiled from listening to professionally-read audio books (which I listen to while working out on my stationary bicycle in my study), but there is no reason every chapter in this book is cut short!

Don't mIss it!

(5 stars)

I stumbled on this gem one winter night when it was very foggy here in California's Central Valley and was entranced. The story is captivating and the reading superb. Don't overlook this Melville--it is very enjoyable and you'll feel like you are right there going through all the trials and tribulations that the main characters. Hop on board and get ready for an adventure.

review of Typee read by Michael Scherer

(5 stars)

Mr. Scherer does an excellent job of reading this text. Anyone who has read Melville knows how wordy it can get at times. Mr. Scherer is always very clear and articulate, and his pronunciation is good as well. This recording comes very close to being professional quality. The only possible down side is that Mr. Scherer does not always read with emotion, but that's not a bad thing when compared to other recordings that take the emotional interpretation too far. Overall an excellent recording, and I hope that Mr. Scherer will favor us with more wonderful readings of Melville texts.