I have read over 250 books on tape and rarely write a review in an effort not to be redundant. I am motivated to write this review in amazement that anyone would publish it.The plot is is simple: the "hero?" seeks to sink that largest tanker in the world in revenge for it running down his sailboat and killing his wife. So the author fills the book with 12 hours of boring technical details of the anatomy of a sailboat and sailing interspersed with the details of the African and Mid-east coast. Unless you want to test your nautical vocabulary and geography, avoid this trash.
Give me a spy novel, mystery, history, and a little science and I'm totally happy
I couldn't stop reading. For someone who'd spent considerable time at sea in a small boat it brought back lots of recollections of encounters with bad weather and big ships. The story is very gripping, to the point where I was awake most of two nights reading it.
Yes I would, if fact this WAS my second listen. I listened several years ago and thought it was worth a second listen.
As a sailor the plot incorporated enough technically accurate believable twists to keep it surprising and very interesting.
This book is fantastic. It has all the elements that you want from your favorite authors all rolled into an incredibly suspenseful, thrilling story.
And if you have any plans on boarding anything larger than a dingy, do not read this story the night before departure. Do you remember "Airport" (1970) and impact it had on everyone who had to take a flight soon after watching it. Well, this story is going to effect folks who "take to the water" in the same way forever too.
There is also wonderful commentary about the behemoth ships that wonder the world to quench our never ending craving for oil. It is as hard to comprehend their size as it is to grasp the size of the Universe. And the threat that they pose to the entire planet is just a hull plate away.
Gosh, just get the book, take your Dramamine, and enjoy this thrilling journey.
Captain of my bathtub only
The story never let me down. I enjoyed every minute of it and am looking for more by this author of the same genre. I have only a minimal experience in sailing but enjoyed the details of the boat and the sea. Highly recommended!
cant put down
I read this book many years ago, was excited to see it on Audible that I had to download it and listen. This is my all time favorite book.
Modern Moby Dick
This is a modern Moby Dick tale of obsession, hinted at in the foreboding ship name of Leviathan. This book has hugely high ratings here and for the book edition at Amazon. It is that type of book that grabs you and holds you to the last second. Nothing is inevitable. Peter Hardin the protagonist is a man of exceptional determination and sailing skills. You get a pretty good education on sailing as this book progresses. This book even has a terrific romance, love story.
The author has collaborated, and I believe nearly solo written many of the fine Clive Cussler Isaac Bell series novels and the later landmark Robert Ludlum books. So you are talking about that type of author, skilled at story telling and maintaining the action. I only regret that Justin Scott's unaffiliated output (such as The Shipkiller) are sparse as he has devoted so much energy to this collaborative series.
This is a book that you really did not want it to end.
Peter Hardin, of course. He was a character rich in humanity, ingenuity and seamanship. He was so clever throughout the book, nearly always a step ahead.
Stellar, perfect on the accents, a vastly entertaining voice to listen to. Superb job on the English accents.
Yes, but at nearly 14 hours, that would be impossible for me. It kept me up late, listening to it on the drive to work and every free minute I could find.
I wish there were 6 stars to give. This is a magnificent book and an honor to read and recommend.
Knowing nothing about sailing, the nautical jargon in this book was just too much for me in spite of very good writing. I can imagine that a sailor would find the book fascinating, but I bailed out halfway through and skipped to the last chapter.
Not much of a story.
never listened to this narrator before, but he was very good.
the ending was ridiculous. I would re-write the ending.
Ability to write plot
The reader was fine, but the book just stank.
the company captain, or even better the main character
I am fairly easy to please. For those who choose to listen to this book, it has 4 logical endings, yet theplot resets to zero and another tedious voyage is described, rignt down to the screws that hold the cleats. Note that the book was written in 1978 and is just now revived as an audiobook.Even though the book grinds on forever, it has clearly been edited with an axe. The main character, in his sailboat, hops from one place to another with no continuity. The author is a decent wordsmith, but this epic might have survived if cut by half. Anticlimactic ending.