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I agree with a previous reviewer's comment that the reader is a little monotonous in his reading voice. It is a bluff male voice such as might be suitable for a sailor, but it lacks range. This problem is perhaps made worse by the fact that Melville launches into some heavily discursive passages in which he berates the unfortunate effects of the so-called "civilized" Europeans on the South Sea natives. These comments were a much-needed corrective at the time of the book's original publication, but they have the effect of taking the reader out of the novel. Typee is really only an adventure novel in the first section and briefly again at the end. In the middle is a long section describing the lifestyle of the Polynesians prior to being heavily impacted by European visitors. It is an idyllic life in which little work is required and the natives, who are feared as barbarous and violent, prove to be mostly benign and hospitable. I wouldn't rate this book as being on par with Moby Dick because the themes are so bluntly stated, as though the narrator had decided to step out of the narrative in order to deliver a lecture. Yet it was fascinating in what it depicts and is still a worthwhile listen.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Anyone with a bad case of insomnia.
Would you recommend Typee to your friends? Why or why not?
No, .kg with this narrator, although I like Melville.
What didn’t you like about John L. Chatty’s performance?
It was devoid of any Passion and completely monotone.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
It needs another narrator who will do it justice.