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Billy Budd, Sailor: A Classic Tale of Innocence Betrayed on the High Seas (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre)

By Herman Melville (Based on a Book by), Philip Glassborow (Adapted by) & Paul McCusker (Adapted by)
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Item description for Billy Budd, Sailor: A Classic Tale of Innocence Betrayed on the High Seas (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre) by Herman Melville, Philip Glassborow & Paul McCusker...

You and your family will enjoy this suspense-filled, seafaring tale of the triumph of good over evil. When a young sailor is forced into service on a British warship on its way to fight the French navy, his good nature begins to have a powerful effect on the rest of his shipmates. One man, however, is disgusted by Billy's innocence, and the stage is set for a conspiracy, murder, and a question of justice that will linger in your heart long after the story has finished. Focus on the Family Radio Theatre is a registered trademark of Focus on the Family. All rights reserved.

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Listeners will be captivated by this moving tale of good versus evil through the life of winsome young sailor Billy Budd. Aboard a 1700s British warship, virtuous Billy is unfairly accused of treason by the villainous Master of Arms--a cold-blooded superior officer intent on Billy's destruction. Adapted from Herman Melville's famous novel and presented by Focus on the Family's Peabody Award-winning Radio Theatre team, Billy Budd will remind listeners of another man, perfectly just, who suffered and died a criminal's death.

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Item Specifications...

Format: Audiobook,   CD
Studio: Tyndale Entertainment
Running Time: 75.00 minutes
Pages   1
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.55" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.22 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
Age  8-12
Series  Focus on the Family Radio Theatre  
ISBN  1589975073  
ISBN13  9781589975071  

Availability  0 units.

More About Herman Melville, Philip Glassborow & Paul McCusker

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packedtidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

Edward W. Said is University Professor at Columbia, where he has taught English and Comparative Literature since 1963. His books include Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography; Beginnings; Intention and Method; The Question of Palestine; Literature and Society; The World, the Text and the Critic; Covering Islam; Orientalism; After the Last Sky; Blaming the Victim; Musical Elaborations; Culture and Imperialism; Representations of the Intellectual; Out of Place: A Memoir; The End of the Peace Process; Oslo and After and Peace and Its Dicontents: Gaza to Jericho 1993-1995.


Herman Melville lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Herman Melville was born in 1819 and died in 1891.

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Great Production  Dec 29, 2007
This edition of Billy Budd, written by Herman Melville, is another literary classic set to dramatized audio by Focus on the Family. As usual, they do a wonderful job of stirring the imagination and bringing out the themes of the book. I'd highly recommend this production.

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