Redburn: His First Voyage


Read by James K. White

(4.5 stars; 46 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

Narrator Made All the Difference

(5 stars)

While the book itself, in my opinion, is long and far too drawn out for what it needs to be; the narrator, James K. White, does the most amazing job of bringing some of even the most droll of moments to life. He does a fantastic job reading this massive tale, with changing accents and reading sections in full French and Latin. The book itself is nothing special, but the narrator has made this experience for me truly enjoyable and memorable. I will certainly recommend this audiobook solely based on the work of Mr. White.

(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.

(4 stars)

Only one who has lived that sailing ship life as a novice could write such pictures. Brilliant reader.

great reader, great tale

(5 stars)

excellent into to tales of the sea and Herman Mellville in heneral

(5 stars)

Very well read! A joy to listen to! Professional quality!

(4 stars)

The reader is excellent and I enjoyed the narrative.

(5 stars)

great reading of a compelling tale