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  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    A User says: "Wow"
    "Riveting story that I just couldn't turn off"
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    What made the experience of listening to In the Heart of the Sea the most enjoyable?

    The reader was fantastic. He made you beleive that you were actually there seeing what he was reading to you about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The believeablilty of the reader


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Any of the boatmen. They all had a tale to tell that was just engulfing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was just so involved in the story and the whalemen and the events that happened I could almost smell the salt sea air as Edward had us sailing along on the Essex. Fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a keeper that I will listen to again and again. I always learn more each time I re-listen to a book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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