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An Audio Bundle: Storm & Deep Blue

An Audio Bundle: Storm & Deep Blue

Most people associate storms and other big weather with death-with the kind of force that makes each of us wonder about life, and time and the nature of our surroundings. Some people go out looking for bad weather or go to places where they're likely to encounter it. Others have the misfortune of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Still, the stories in Storm have more to say than that. They tell us about what happens when people find that treacherous weather-or when it finds them-and we are reminded of the fragility of life, the capriciousness of Nature's will, and how little we can do when both cross paths. In Deep Blue, for those who dare, things often go wrong under the sea. Such tragedies, spurred by the booming interest in the Titanic and the Andrea Doria, have been the focus of tremendous literature form the world's finest authors. Deep Blue offers compelling tales of shipwrecks and salvage, submarine adventure and free diving, nautical survival and cannibalism.

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Bartleby, the Scrivener

Bartleby, the Scrivener

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Michael Goodrick Release Date: 01/06/2021

'Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street' is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856. In the story, a Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copies or do any other task required of him, with the words, 'I would prefer not to'. The narrator is an elderly, unnamed Manhattan lawyer with a comfortable business in legal documents. He already employs two scriveners, Nippers and Turkey, to copy legal documents by hand, but an increase in business leads him to advertise for a third. He hires the forlorn-looking Bartleby in the hope that his calmness will soothe the irascible temperaments of the other two... Among the most significant works Herman Melville - 'Bartleby: La formula della creazione' (1993) of Giorgio Agamben and 'Bartleby, ou la formule by Gilles Deleuze' are two important philosophical essays reconsidering many of Melville's ideas, 'A Peep at Polynesian Life', '? Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas', 'Mardi: And a Voyage Thither', 'Redburn: His First Voyage', 'White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War', 'Moby-Dick; or, The Whale', 'Pierre: or, The Ambiguities', 'Isle of the Cross', 'Bartleby, the Scrivener', The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles', 'Benito Cereno', 'Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile'.

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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Jonathan Epstein Release Date: 01/03/2021

Melville's epic tale of one man versus a great white whale will delight Melville devotees as well as those who have yet to sail on this adventure in this mesmerizing new recording read by Jonathan Epstein. The mountain whose whale-like shape first gave Melville the idea of writing Moby Dick rests in the Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts, a short drive away from The Alison Larkin Presents recording studio. "I'd been wanting to produce Moby Dick ever since I moved to Western Massachusetts" says producer Alison Larkin, "but I wanted to wait to find the perfect actor first. Then I found Jonathan Epstein, who drove up from Florida during the pandemic to record this." At the end of the recording, Larkin interviews Jonathan Epstein and recording engineer Galen Wade about the experience recording the great novel during the pandemic. Jonathan Epstein is an acclaimed actor who has performed on and Off-Broadway, in London's West End, and with the world-renowned Shakespeare & Company. Epstein is the two-time recipient of Boston's coveted Elliot Norton acting Award.

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B. J. Harrison Reads Bartleby, the Scrivener

B. J. Harrison Reads Bartleby, the Scrivener

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: B. J. Harrison Release Date: 01/02/2021

The narrator of this story is a successful lawyer on Wall Street. He hires a scrivener named Bartleby to help him with all the papers and relieve the load of work. Bartleby quickly gains the lawyer’s trust by completing his tasks on time. However, the newcomer becomes mentally unstable. He suddenly refuses to perform his duties and stares at a blank wall instead. The lawyer decides to give Bartleby a break, then tries to fire him, but the uncontrollable employee refuses to leave. Who exactly is Bartleby? Why does he refuse to perform the tasks he has been hired to do? What is his problem? How is the lawyer going to deal with the scrivener? Will Bartleby ever leave? Find all the answers in Herman Melville’s novel 'Bartleby, the Scrivener' from 1853. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere. Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American author whose books were based on his own experiences as a sailor. Today Herman Melville is world famous for his novel 'Moby Dick' but in his lifetime, this novel was ill received and quickly forgotten. Not until many years after Herman Melville's death did 'Moby Dick' get rediscovered become what is today considered one of the greatest classics in American literature. Melville, along with authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman, was part of the American Renaissance – a literary movement that aimed to provide literature for the American democracy.

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B. J. Harrison Reads Moby Dick

B. J. Harrison Reads Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: B. J. Harrison Release Date: 01/02/2021

Ahab is the captain of a whaling ship named the Pequod. His great obsession with the giant whale, Moby Dick, makes him embark on a dangerous voyage. Some years before, the captain lost his leg because of the whale and now Ahab’s main desire is to take his revenge on the whale by killing it. He is so obsessed, that Ahab is ready to sacrifice everything he has, including the Pequod and all the members of his crew, and even his own life. How exactly did the captain lose his leg? Is it worth it to risk everything just to have his revenge? Will Ahab survive the expedition and will he get his revenge on Moby Dick? Find all the answers in Herman Melville’s exciting novel 'Moby Dick' from 1851. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere. Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American author whose books were based on his own experiences as a sailor. Today Herman Melville is world famous for his novel 'Moby Dick' but in his lifetime, this novel was ill received and quickly forgotten. Not until many years after Herman Melville's death did 'Moby Dick' get rediscovered become what is today considered one of the greatest classics in American literature. Melville, along with authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman, was part of the American Renaissance – a literary movement that aimed to provide literature for the American democracy.

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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Stewart Wills Release Date: 01/01/2021

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is the sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. A contribution to the literature of the American Renaissance, Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891. Its reputation as a Great American Novel was established only in the 20th century, after the centennial of its author's birth. William Faulkner said he wished he had written the book himself, and D. H. Lawrence called it 'one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world' and 'the greatest book of the sea ever written'. Its opening sentence, 'Call me Ishmael', is among world literature's most famous. Melville began writing Moby-Dick in February 1850, and finished 18 months later, a year longer than he had anticipated. Melville drew on his experience as a common sailor from 1841 to 1844, including several years on whalers, and on wide reading in whaling literature. The white whale is modeled on the notoriously hard-to-catch albino whale Mocha Dick, and the book's ending is based on the sinking of the whaleship Essex in 1820. His literary influences include Shakespeare and the Bible. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God. In addition to narrative prose, Melville uses styles and literary devices ranging from songs, poetry, and catalogs to Shakespearean stage directions, soliloquies, and asides. In August 1850, with the manuscript perhaps half finished, he met Nathaniel Hawthorne and was deeply moved by his Mosses from an Old Manse, which he compared to Shakespeare in its cosmic ambitions. This encounter may have inspired him to revise and expand Moby-Dick, which is dedicated to Hawthorne, 'in token of my admiration for his genius'. The book was first published (in three volumes) as The Whale in London in October 1851, and under its definitive title in a single-volume edition in New York in November. The London publisher, Richard Bentley, censored or changed sensitive passages; Melville made revisions as well, including a last-minute change to the title for the New York edition. The whale, however, appears in the text of both editions as Moby Dick, without the hyphen. Reviewers in Britain were largely favorable, though some objected that the tale seemed to be told by a narrator who perished with the ship, as the British edition lacked the Epilogue recounting Ishmael's survival. American reviewers were more hostile. About 3,200 copies of the book were sold during the author's life.

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Bartleby the Scrivener

Bartleby the Scrivener

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Eric Meyers, Ghizela Rowe Release Date: 01/01/2021

Herman Melville was born in New York City on 1st August 1819. At the age of 7 Melville contracted scarlet fever which permanently diminished his eyesight. Add this to a contemporary description of being "very backwards in speech and somewhat slow in comprehension" and his opportunities for success seemed limited.His father died when he was 12 leaving the family in very straitened times. 2 years later Melville took a job in a bank and followed up with a failed stint as a surveyor. He went to sea and travelled across to Liverpool and then to the Pacific on adventures which included a mutiny, being jailed and falling in love with a South Pacific beauty. He was also a figure of opposition to the coercion of native Hawaiians to the Christian religion. These experiences helped provide the novels 'Typee', 'Omoo', and 'White-Jacket'.By 1851 his ambitious masterpiece, 'Moby Dick', was ready to be published. It never sold out its initial print run of 3,000 and Melville's earnings on his masterpiece was a mere $556.37.In succeeding years his reputation waned, life was increasingly difficult. His family was growing and a stable income was essential. Melville took the advice of friends to try public lecturing, as others had, to increase his revenues. He embarked on three successful lecture tours, speaking on Roman statuary and sightseeing in Rome. In 1876 he was at last able to publish privately his 16,000 line epic poem 'Clarel'. It was to no avail. The book had an initial printing of 350 copies, but sales failed miserably.It was only in late 1885 that Melville was at last able to retire after his wife inherited several legacies, enough to provide them with a reasonable income.Herman Melville, novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist, died at his home on 28th September 1891 from cardiovascular disease.Perhaps his best known short story is 'Bartleby, the Scrivener' an enduring story of a Wall Street lawyer and his very particular assistant.

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Kikeriki (Ungekürzt)

Kikeriki (Ungekürzt)

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Jan Kurka Release Date: 01/11/2020

Das Werk 'Kikeriki' ist eine Kurzgeschichte von Herman Melville, erstmals 1853 veröffentlicht. Der Originaltitel lautet 'Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! or, The Crowing of the Nobel Cock Beneventano': In allen Teilen der Erde haben jüngst kühne Aufstände von schurkischem Despotismus eins auf den Kopf bekommen; ebenso haben furchtbare Unfälle, von Lokomotiven oder Dampfern verursacht, Hunderten von kühnen Reisenden eins auf den Kopf gegeben (bei einem davon habe ich einen lieben Freund verloren). Und meine eigenen, privaten Angelegenheiten waren auch voll von Despotismus, Unfällen und Schlägen auf den Kopf, als ich mich an einem Frühlingsmorgen frühzeitig, zu niedergeschlagen, um schlafen zu können, auf den Weg zu meiner Wiese auf dem Hügel machte.

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Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas (Unabridged)

Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas (Unabridged)

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Mark Young Release Date: 01/11/2020

Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas is the second book by American writer Herman Melville, first published in London in 1847, and a sequel to his first South Sea narrative Typee, also based on the author's experiences in the South Pacific. After leaving the island of Nuku Hiva, the main character ships aboard a whaling vessel that makes its way to Tahiti, after which there is a mutiny and a third of the crew are imprisoned on Tahiti.

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Moby Dick oder Der Wal (Ungekürzt)

Moby Dick oder Der Wal (Ungekürzt)

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Markus Pol Release Date: 01/10/2020

Unter dem finsteren Kapitän Ahab kreuzt eine gemischte Mannschaft rauer Walfänger auf ihrem unheimlichen Schiff über die vier Weltmeere. Sie jagen den weißen Wal, den die Seeleute Moby Dick nennen. Moby Dick hat dem Kapitän ein Bein vom Körper gerissen, und nun verfolgt dieser den weißen Wal mit tödlichem Hass. Aber Kapitän Ahab und seine Mannschaft können ihrem Schicksal nicht entkommen.

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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Joseph Conrel Release Date: 01/08/2020

A literary classic that wasn't recognized for its merits until decades after its publication, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick tells the tale of a whaling ship and its crew, who are carried progressively further out to sea by the fiery Captain Ahab. Obsessed with killing the massive whale, which had previously bitten off Ahab's leg, the seasoned seafarer steers his ship to confront the creature, while the rest of the shipmates, including the young narrator, Ishmael, and the harpoon expert, Queequeg, must contend with their increasingly dire journey. The book invariably lands on any short list of the greatest American novels.

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Bartleby, el escribiente

Bartleby, el escribiente

Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Luis Del Amo Release Date: 01/07/2020

Bartleby, el escribiente es una de las narraciones más originales y conmovedoras de la historia de la literatura. Melville escribió este relato a mediados del siglo XIX, pero por él no parece haber pasado el tiempo. Nos cuenta la historia de un peculiar copista que trabaja en una oficina de Wall Street. Un día, de repente, deja de escribir amparándose en su famosa fórmula: 'Preferiría no hacerlo'. Nadie sabe de dónde viene este escribiente, prefiere no decirlo, y su futuro es incierto pues prefiere no hacer nada que altere su situación. El abogado, que es el narrador, no sabe cómo actuar ante esta rebeldía, pero al mismo tiempo se siente atraído por tan misteriosa actitud. Grabado en español ibérico (España).

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