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Benito Cereno

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(4,32 Sterne; 25 Bewertungen)

On an island off the coast of Chile, Captain Amaso Delano, sailing an American sealer, sees the San Dominick, a Spanish slave ship, in obvious distress. Capt. Delano boards the San Dominick, providing needed supplies, and tries to learn from her aloof and disturbed captain, Benito Cereno, the story of how this ship came to be where she is. Dealing with racism, the slave trade, madness, the tension between representation and reality, and featuring at least one unreliable narrator, Melville's novella has both captivated and frustrated critics for decades. (Summary by Nullifidian)

(3 hr 53 min)

Chapters

Ch 1 - A Ship

10:35

Read by Nullifidian

Ch 2 - Aboard San Dominick

17:41

Read by Nullifidian

Ch 3 - Don Benito's Story

9:10

Read by Nullifidian

Ch 4 - The Blacks

17:52

Read by alwpoe

Ch 5 - Questions

18:52

Read by James K. White

Ch 6 - The Boat Appears

23:42

Read by James K. White

Ch 7 - The Boat Arrives

15:59

Read by James K. White

Ch 8 - In the Cuddy

27:11

Read by Bill Mosley

Ch 9 - Business

6:28

Read by Iris McLeod

Ch 10 - Safe Harbour

17:54

Read by James K. White

Ch 11 - Into the Boat

11:32

Read by James K. White

Ch 12 - Pursuit

8:44

Read by James K. White

Ch 13 - A Deposition

38:34

Read by Guero

Ch 14 - Conclusion

9:03

Read by James K. White

Bewertungen

(5 Sterne)

This was a heavy and foreboding tale, wrapped in mystery and questions of deception. I found the book very entertaining and engaging. The reading was fine and by adjusting the speed went smoothly. Melville, as usual, creates absorbing characters, and with whom one is left, in this case, on the windless sea.

(3,5 Sterne)

The first reader was really difficult to get through and one in the very middle was quite tedious, but the rest went well. I'm glad I pushed through. Better to just read the first two chapters through.

interesting story

(4,5 Sterne)

this is an interesting story reflecting racial and cultural perceptions of the period it was written in and about.

An interesting tale

(5 Sterne)

A wonderful narration by an expressive reader is almost ruined by background white noise in the first part.

(0,5 Sterne)

The reading is difficult to listen to, which, given Melville’s language, is a shame.