Redburn: His First Voyage


Read by James K. White

(4.5 stars; 24 reviews)

Melville wrote of some of his earliest experiences at sea in the story of Wellingborough Redburn, a wet-behind-the-ears youngster whose head was filled with dreams of foreign travel and adventure. In Redburn, the protagonist enlists for a stint as a seaman aboard Highlander, a merchant ship running between New York and London. As with many of Melville's works, this one is as much about class and race as it is about the sea. (Summary by James K. White) (12 hr 36 min)

Chapters

Chapters I - V 59:33 Read by James K. White
Chapters VI - X 1:03:39 Read by James K. White
Chapters XI - XV 1:00:36 Read by James K. White
Chapters XVI - XX 50:06 Read by James K. White
Chapters XXI - XXV 47:53 Read by James K. White
Chapters XXVI - XXIX 50:13 Read by James K. White
Chapters XXX - XXXII 59:17 Read by James K. White
Chapters XXXIII - XXXVII 49:54 Read by James K. White
Chapters XXXVIII - XLII 58:11 Read by James K. White
Chapters XLIII - XLV 45:35 Read by James K. White
Chapters XLVI - XLIX 1:04:04 Read by James K. White
Chapters L - LV 58:30 Read by James K. White
Chapters LVI - LIX 50:38 Read by James K. White
Chapters LX - LXII 38:39 Read by James K. White

Reviews

(5 stars)

Super narrator, and a great book. Since so many of Melville's sea tales are at least partly autobiographical, the main character in this novel is essentially Ishmael portrayed at a younger age. Redburn is a perfect prelude to Moby Dick.

(5 stars)

great reading of a compelling tale

(4 stars)

The reader is excellent and I enjoyed the narrative.

(5 stars)

very well read. fascinating story.