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.
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.
I give it a C +
A little like some of Clive Cussler' works, but without the fantasy factor.
Scratchy, accented and ok.
Not really. It did make you wanting to "turn the page" at the conclusion of a capter. Many of the endings of a chapter were cliff hangers.
The premise, concept was interesting. The writing went from very good to very bad.
Sanford, Anne Rice, Balducci
The search and finding his replacement boat.
Not every book can be a good one. This proves it.
No - I agree with others that three-fourths of the book was taken up with great detail of sailing and maritime challenges. The story was weak and almost silly.
Time well spent only if you have a passion for sailing, otherwise dull. Excellent performance, however, by Marc Vietor.
For someone who doesn't know a gaff from a halyard I found this book tedious. More than three-fourths of the book is our hero fighting the weather and ocean in his sailing vessel. It was probably very exciting for someone who knew what was going on. However, if you're a landlubber like I am, give the book a pass.
For those interested in nautical procedures and sailing, this might be a book for you. But the story is a contrived one mearly a venue to talk about sailing details.
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.