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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN:
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In 1838, the U.S. government launched the largest discovery voyage the Western world had ever seen; six sailing vessels and 346 men bound for the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Four years later, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, or Ex. Ex. as it was known, returned with an astounding array of accomplishments and discoveries: 87,000 miles logged, 280 Pacific islands surveyed, 4,000 zoological specimens collected, including 2,000 new species, and the discovery of the continent of Antarctica. And yet at a human level, the project was a disaster. Not only had 28 men died and 2 ships been lost, but a series of sensational court-martials had also ensued that pitted the expedition's controversial leader, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, against almost every officer under his command.

Though comparable in importance and breadth of success to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Ex. Ex. has been largely forgotten. Now, the celebrated Nathaniel Philbrick recreates this chapter of American maritime history in all its triumph and scandal.

Like the award-winning In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of Glory combines meticulous history with spellbinding human drama as it circles the globe from the palm-fringed beaches of the South Pacific to the treacherous waters off Antarctica and to the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and, finally, to a court-martial aboard a ship anchored off New York City. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Hurley | 2/7/2014

    " This was a decent book on history, well written and for the most part, moved well and stayed interesting. There were a few sections that were dry, but you can expect that in history. If someone did a little research this story could be turned into a decent fictional book as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/4/2014

    " An epic record of early American exploration. Bigger than Lewis & Clark... add Cook and Shackelton's adventures and you come close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Melnyk | 2/2/2014

    " Very interesting book about an Expedition I had never heard about. It was an amazing 4 year expedition that charted much of the Pacific Ocean, Antarctica, and the Pacific Northwest. It still amazes me how these sailors navigated around the globe with basically just a compass and the stars to find their way. This book told the story of the expedition as far as all the adventure and the danger, but also concentrated on the relationships between the leader of the expedition, Charles Wilkes, and his fellow officers and crew. Wilkes was a very strange fellow, extremely driven, but also an incredible ego-maniac. He was so driven by his own desire for self-grandeur that he made some very poor decisions, and became pretty much hated by most everyone under his command. Very detailed, but also very interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2014

    " Bummer! Except for a few books exchanged among English-speaking friends here in China, all the books I read are audios I downloaded from a local library when I was visiting in the States in February. Somehow I didn't download the last CD to this book so I've been left hanging and can't finish it. But these 19th century U.S. explorations were fascinating; something I knew little about but yet comparable to putting the first man on the moon as far as discoveries go. In spite of a major personality glitch on the part of the expedition leader, the expedition was a major contributor to map-building and scientific discoveries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sid | 1/16/2014

    " A great story in our history that nobody knows anything about "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R.W. Ridley | 1/7/2014

    " If you want to see the breakdown of a decent human being into a maniacal bastard told in the most compelling fashion, this is the book for you. I knew nothing about this expedition before reading Philbrick's book. Now, I find myself wondering how this wasn't taught to me in school. It is probably one of the most significant US expeditions in our history outside of the moon landing. Bravo, Mr. Philbrick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Stuart | 1/4/2014

    " This book was fantastic! It was an informative - and enjoyable - read about a facinating piece of american history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 1/1/2014

    " history can be fun. unbelievable what people went through to explore things "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wade | 12/23/2013

    " an american adventure, and great for anyone into voytages and seafaring. USA, USA!:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J. | 12/6/2013

    " Complained a lot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 11/1/2013

    " Quite an informative book about a subject I was, like most, totally unfamiliar with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn | 8/22/2013

    " First US sponsored scientific exploration which is a great read due to the "Captain" being a megalomaniac as he attempts to manage 6 ships over 4 years as they sail to Antarticia, the Pacific Islands and the Columbia River Gorge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 7/22/2013

    " This dude makes old stuff read like new. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 11/3/2012

    " This was an interesting story about something that has become little more than a footnote in history. Philbrick reminds me a little of Jon Krakeaur because he writes nonfiction and makes it incredably readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Labarge | 9/28/2012

    " Well told, but it was a bit of a letdown after "Heart of the Sea". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dugger | 8/23/2012

    " Story of the pacific ocean exploration by US in the 1800s. Captain Wilkes was egomaniac with control issues that led to widespread discontent during the four year journey. Great accomplishments during a time of worldwide exploration of the seas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 cartercam | 7/16/2012

    " I struggled with this one. I was not at all engaged with the characters and I didn't really care what happened to the expedition. I can't pinpoint if it was the author's voice that I couldn't connect to, or if the true story and real-life people were just boring. Probably some of both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 6/6/2012

    " Well researched and written story of the first American sea expedtion from the mid-1800s. A good narrative and description of the personalities involved - nice summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cape Fisherman | 4/2/2012

    " A meticulously researched piece, 'Sea of Glory' carries you through the remarkable journey of the US Exploring Expedition. Philbrick tugs at your emotions, one moment loathing the hardlined captain only to emphasize with him later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/20/2011

    " Awesome read. I really enjoy this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/30/2011

    " This book is taking me a while to read because the story isn't quite as gripping as In the Heart of the Sea but it is a very interesting story both from a historical standpoint and because of the personal stories going on with the captain and crew. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen Byrne | 8/7/2011

    " not a fan, couldn't get into it, had to quit "

  • 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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About the Author
Author Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is the National Book Award–winning author of In the Heart of the Sea, Revenge of the Whale, Sea of Glory, and others. Philbrick has won numerous awards for his work, including the Massachusetts Book Award, the Albion-Monroe Award, and the New England Book Award; his book Mayflower was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His book The Last Stand was named an ALA Notable Book and was the basis for a two-hour PBS American Experience film called Custer’s Last Stand. A graduate of Duke and Brown Universities, he currently lives in New England.

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W., Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.