Good story. Excellent narrator.anxious to get more books by this narrator.good changes in voice for various characters. Diction was perfect.
I don't write book reports.
I think that I was a fisherman in my previous life because subconsciously I've read a lot of books about the sea. Like "Moby Dick", "Endurance" and "Perfect Storm", and I gave them all solid stars. I've also read “Railsea” by China Mieville, which is somewhat like Moby Dick and Mad Max. That is a good one also, if you like science fiction.
When my friend told me that I need to read "In the Heart of the Sea", about Essex the whale boat, I put it off. I should had trusted my friend a lot sooner because Nathaniel Philbrick's book about the whaleship and the crew is beyond 5 solid stars. It is something that you have to read before the movie.
Holy jeez, most of the crew turned to cannibalism and started to eat their own to survive?
No matter how bad it gets, you never hear about man eating man nowadays to live. More importantly, Herman Melville would have never written about the great white whale if the wreck of the Essex didn't happened.
This has to be the best survival story that has been untold. Maybe because most of the crew that were eaten were mostly Black, that we don't talk about the Essex?
As for the technical side of this audiobook, Scott Brick does a good job, but I agree, it needs to be recorded with better bit rate. It seemed like Penguin Audiobooks converted from a cassette tape. They might want to record this one over before the movie is out.
Definitely. This was an amazing story and well written. I would recommend it to anyone interested in historical tragedies.
Yes. The narrator actually did a great job. The only issue I had with the narration was that the recording sounded tinny at times, the volume was inconsistent, and the audio clips were poorly edited. Sometimes the narration kind of jumped from one word to the next and it was very obvious that two clips had been edited together. It could have been smoother.
"By avoiding cannibals, they BECAME the cannibals!"
This would make an awesome movie.
Very good historical detail. Well written. But it drags a bit. We listened on a long drive. We stopped for lunch and when we got back in the car I started to turn the book back on and my husband's comment was "Yes. Let's get back to dying S-L-O-W-L-Y." But a good book, just not the best most engaging one.
Endurance, but Endurance is better.
A 33 year old with a painfully short attention span. Audible brought me back to reading."
The book itself is great for the most part. While I can't find myself sympathizing with the men, I do find myself getting caught up in the story and eagerly waiting to see what happens next. That's not always the case with true stories. Story wise my issue is with the graphic details of killing the whales and turtles. Don't get me wrong, I knew there'd be death. It's a whaling ship, of course whales will die. But I think the author got a little overzealous with the descriptions at times. (Do I really need the intricate details of the men slitting a sea turtle's throat and drinking it's blood? Eew.)
My issue with the audiobook is one that I've seen at least one other reviewer mention. Sometimes mid sentence it'll suddenly skip ahead. And on top of that the entire narration sounds different. It's like they recorded the book on a bunch of different machines, and at least once I wasn't even entirely sure it was the same narrator. That's such a shame too, because I love listening to Scott Brick read.
Overall I would recommend this book, I'd just warn ahead of time that it's a little wonky and a little gory.
Long commute = Lots of time for audiobooks
File this one under "Truth is stranger (and sometimes better) than fiction." I listened to this because I enjoyed Philbrick's "Mayflower," knew he was an excellent researcher and storyteller, and knew I liked Scott Brick as a narrator. I was not at all prepared for the tragedies upon tragedies in this book. I suspect if you're considering reading this book, you're already aware you are not in for a smooth or happy ride, but even so, brace yourself. It's just incredibly depressing, this story, because Philbrick does such an amazing job of showing us the despair the men aboard the Essex must have felt. I'm not sure the modern reader can come away from this with any real lessons or morals that apply to life today, but I was nonetheless glad I learned about a previously unfamiliar piece of history, and a gripping, fascinating one at that.
Amazing and horrific description of death by starvation and thirst and the incredible things it can make you do
I most enjoyed the section in the book that covered the 89 days of survival at sea. The biggest surprise bonus in the book was the great history of Nantucket during the hay day of whaling. I like the way the book starts when the survivors were found and then goes back and tells how they got into the predicament. The author gives so much great detail about life in those days and life aboard those ships for 2 and 3 years as well as how whaling started even before we had those large ships. And as another bonus he covers many years after the Essex's disaster going into the details of how and why Nantucket declined.
And the author adds to the book by referencing other similar sea disasters that have occurred since and how they were similar and different. And he also adds insights from modern knowledge of whales.
When the did battle with the giant sperm whale that rammed them twice. And then the tough decisions they had to make to survive. I was particularly moved by the Australian Captain who went out of his way to find the 2 survivors on the island when he had been told the wrong island but decided to search other islands after the first one had no survivors.
So very hard to choose but the scenes when they were struggling against the extreme weather elements were exciting.
When most of the main city on Nantucket burned down - fueled by the whale oil - as the author called it "The Revenge of the Leviathan".
I know enough to know, I don't know all I want to know...
Yes because some of the details/facts are lost because one is absorbed with the hardships that these folks endured.
Even though I have read Moby Dick, and have been to both Mystic and Nantucket several times, there are things I missed that this book seems to fill in.
There were a couple of times when the playback seemed to skip ahead, and audio was not consistent, which cause some angst while listening.
Love Reading, happy I found Audible. Listen to books, on my way home, while working out, and at work. Been reading a lot of Non-Fiction history and science.
This is a great book, that not only brings to life the true and sad story of the Essex. But it dives in to the history and practices of whaling, it is not for the faint of heart. It is very well written and keeps to the story, never swaying to far to bring in backstory and fact. If you like history or tales about the sea you should definitely pick it up, but like I said it is not for the faint of heart. Whaling is a brutal profession, and surviving a ship wreck to be stranded at sea proved to be even worse. As far as the performance, I enjoyed the reader he set a great tone through out the book. There are issues between chapters, at times a following chapter would almost start on top of the previous, it was jarring at first but not a deal breaker.