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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (19,105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents, including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy, and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mr. Holt | 2/18/2014

    " In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex is a very well crafted novel with epic descriptions of the tragedy involving the whale ship Essex. The author does a fine job telling a very sad but important story about not only the ship and the events surrounding the crew's demise but also the whaling industry and Nantucket's rise and slow decline by the end of the 19th century. I recommend this book to anyone interested in an amazing and true story that reads like a movie in one's mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valerie Ambrose | 2/13/2014

    " Love history and non-fiction and have never been able to get into Moby Dick and thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Geoff Souser | 1/26/2014

    " Fantastic book - God, I'm glad I live when I do vs. the 1800's... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurie Robinson | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting and horrifying "

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