Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
The villain in this book is the world's largest oil tanker. If you are interested in sailing stories or are a sailor you may like this. As a thriller it's just okay. It's also sort of dated based on the improvements in navigation. If you like thrillers there are many better ones. Although the book kept me interested, the ending was quite bizarre. I thought I had missed something because it takes a big jump in the plot line. It's almost as though the author got tired of writing the book. So in summary, if you do not like ocean sailing, then I doubt this would keep your attention.
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.
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.