Originally published in Britain under the title, Narrative of a Four Months Residence among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands, and therefore posing as non-fiction, Typee was Melville's first novel. It was published in 1846, five years before Moby Dick, and was the most popular of the author'sworks during his lifetime. The book is an idyll of four months among primitive South Sea islanders. However, the books also shocked its original audience with a truthful account of Polynesian tribal life, including their very liberal sexual practices. Typee won Melville great fame during his life and remains a favorite today.More
Typee is Herman Melville's first book, a predecessor to Moby Dick, and, in fact, is inspired by the author's own exploration of the Marquesas Islands. Tired of being at sea for many months, the narrator and his friend flee their cargo ship at the first spotting of land. Luckily, they have chosen a beautiful island in the Maquesas, but unluckily, the locals might be cannibals. Audio performer John L. Chatty luxuriates in Melville's elaborate descriptions of the rich setting, from the detailed accounts of the voluptuous Marquesan girls to the imagery of the ship's licentious crew. Chatty's pacing is leisurely and his articulation is excellent, although at moments his voice could use more varied inflection. Overall, adventure fans will find Typee a thrilling audiobook.
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Both an Adventure and a Lecture
Pitifully monotone narrator.
Anyone with a bad case of insomnia.
No, .kg with this narrator, although I like Melville.
It was devoid of any Passion and completely monotone.
It needs another narrator who will do it justice.
- Robin in Alaska