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4.0000523368399 out of 54.0000523368399 out of 54.0000523368399 out of 54.0000523368399 out of 54.0000523368399 out of 5 4.00 (19,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Now a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819 the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty 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 ninety 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In the Heart of the Sea is a true story of unimaginable horror. The source for Melville’s ‘mighty book’ is a tale told wonderfully well by Nathaniel Philbrick.”

    Peter Benchley

  • “Where the sinking of the Pequod marks the end of Melville’s great novel, the sinking of the Essex is only the beginning of Philbrick’s tale. It is history brought vividly-and agonizingly-to life by a master storyteller.”

    Richard Ellis, author of Whales and Men

  • Winner of the 2000 National Book Award for nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David | 4/18/2016

    " A great history of whaling, Nantucket, the story of the Essex and mankind's ability to survive at all costs. Much better than movie. Anyone that enjoys sea tales must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim | 2/16/2014

    " Whoah! This was crazy. If you want some nonfiction that seems unbelievable then take a read! I also appreciated the research that the author undertook to resell the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by R.W. Ridley | 2/12/2014

    " This is by far the best non-fiction book I have ever read. Philbrick is a novelist in a nonfiction writer's body. It was an on the edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenne | 2/5/2014

    " an interesting story of the ship, the history of nantucket and some ecology mixed in as well. "

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