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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: January 2001 ISBN: 9780786556670
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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 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 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 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 Jenne | 2/5/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Hali | 1/24/2014

    " Yikes - Nantucket history and the gory work of whale hunting with some Shaker history and cannabalism in the mix. Makes you think twice about Nantucket red and all thse cute wahle signs! A work associated history with early American New England ships and industry got me into this. It's a very good read and terific writing, but pretty gritty. This factual tale is the basis fro Melville's Moby Dick, which in turn gave us a jumping off for Ahab's Wife. The last being a personal favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G.L. Tysk | 1/22/2014

    " The sinking of the Essex was headline news in its day, but reading primary source accounts from the 19th century can sometimes feel like treading water in its own right. Nathaniel Philbrick brings the tragedy of the doomed Nantucket ship to life with fast-moving prose that reads at times almost like a novel and present-day survival adventure rolled up into one. It's a pretty quick read, and Philbrick's many asides to describe Nantucket life, effects of dehydration, and the mental state of the crew flow seamlessly into the narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Chaney | 1/13/2014

    " This is the greatest survival story of all times. The story of the Essex is what Melville based Moby Dick on however the real story starts after the whale ship sinks. Facinating stuff... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin | 12/31/2013

    " I wanted to like this but the first chapter was almost painful to get through. I understand the need to set up the environment and describe a little bit of what life was like in this bit of New England history, but it bored the socks off me and felt mostly irrelevant. I expected to read about the last voyage and survival of the crew of the Essex. What I got in the first part of this book was a history of New England. As I said, it was expected a bit, but there was no real flow to it. The history was presented as little tidbits that just rambled from one to the other with little rhyme or reason. Not sure why but I was very put off by the writing style and organization of the story and didn't feel it was worth going any further. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariane | 12/28/2013

    " Maybe living in Boston gave me a different viewpoint for reading this book, but I really enjoyed learning about the whaling community of Nantucket. So much so that I'm halfway through Moby Dick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 12/22/2013

    " This book is wonderful. Once I started I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 12/12/2013

    " I like non-fiction, but I'm not sure I've read a non-fiction book I couldn't put down before. This is an amazing, well-told story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/4/2013

    " Another great literary non-fiction title. Read anything by Philbrick and you'll be happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 11/25/2013

    " This somehow made whaling and Melville trivia interesting, and simultaneously made me want to learn sailing and have a fear of being eaten by people I don't like. Seriously fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 11/19/2013

    " I do not recall learning about the Essex but founding the book to be very interesting including how race seemed to factor in the deaths of the men. Did not know Moby Dick was based on this tragedy so now feel compelled to read Moby Dick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Martin | 11/14/2013

    " Listened to this one via audiobook...a case where the real story is probably more interesting than the fictional account (Moby Dick) that it inspired. Very engaging, very factual, and quite revealing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ariofish | 11/7/2013

    " I found it interesting to learn details about whaling in the 19th century. If you liked Moby Dick then you should read this book, the story upon which Moby Dick is based. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Tercel | 11/6/2013

    " Loved this book, and read it twice. Fantastic insight on the lives of whale ship sailors and how whaling contributed to the industrial revolution. Also a fascinating study of isolation and starvation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ktashima | 10/1/2013

    " loved this book. very exciting to read about Nantucket history, the personalities of the crew, and the fate of the shipwrecked crew "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.J. Maddicott | 9/17/2013

    " I read this on the back of The Perfect Storm several years ago when I was clearly in a nautical frame of mind. A thoroughly gripping historical tale of courage, great seamanship and a lesson in how to stay alive by drinking the blood of parrots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 4/11/2013

    " Wow, written from a journal lost for many years. Amazing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 9/20/2012

    " The true story of Moby Dick. Favorite part involved human bones being broken and the marrow being sucked out by the starving whalemen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Lombardo | 9/10/2012

    " Reading (listening to it actually)now in preparation for book club Sunday night. firs tnon-fiction book in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pito Salas | 7/23/2012

    " Thrilling. Shakelton-like story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Quinn | 7/5/2012

    " An amazing story of extreme hardship and survival (well, for some anyway). I kept food and drink handy at all times when I read this story. If you like this type of story consider reading Skeletons on the Zahara. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 6/13/2012

    " How far can one stretch the limits of human endurance and can one live with oneself aftering eating your shipmates. These questions are answered but I thought the book was rather dusty and dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 1/22/2012

    " great historical rendering of whaling industry and the people of the the time..entertaining "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Gause | 10/22/2011

    " Been a few years since I read this. Highly recommend. Great adventure book and its true!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/23/2011

    " this book made me thirsty! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/19/2011

    " Interesting book! I asked my dad if I could borrow Moby Dick and he gave me this book as well. The sinking of the Essex by a whale is where Herman Melville got the idea for Moby Dick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/22/2011

    " A very interesting historical read that went well with my steady diet of Patrick O'Brian and the the Aubrey - Maturin series.

    The real story was the foundation of Moby Dick.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 5/18/2011

    " Fascinating historical account of whaling "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/17/2011

    " Fantastic! Cannibalism, whaling, shipwrecks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tag | 5/15/2011

    " Enjoyable read, it's amazing how the crew survived in open boats in the middle of the ocean. I guess the cannibalism had something to do with it though...yum! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/13/2011

    " Didn't think I would like it, but it was surprisingly interesting. Nothing like a good (true) tale of survival cannibalism! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/13/2011

    " Tremendous spirit of two officers who lead boats. Amazing what men can indure. Unreal what happens to the body during extreme deprivation. The whale intelligence is another whole dimension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 5/6/2011

    " A great read! Great lesson in the history of whaling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/20/2011

    " There were times when it dragged, though it was necessary to explain the whaling process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 4/18/2011

    " I thought this book was very exciting. In addition to the stranded/shipwreck aspect, it gave a good idea of what it was like to work on a whaling vessel in the early 1800s and a good picture of life on Nantucket at that time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Baylor | 4/7/2011

    " good, but hard to recommend. try to read quickly through the parts about cannibalism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 4/7/2011

    " Great historic perspective into the whaling industry, old Natucket culture and a horrifying true tale of survival at sea. "

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