I have heard this book was a classic so i wanted to check it out. however I was dissapointed. I had heard another sea voyage story from audible (Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage (Unabridged)) and it was great. I just could never get into this story.
I think the biggest problem was how the story tried to be informative about the whale, and hold a narative story. I think both parts should have been a book in itself. But put them both together and the book just isn't good.
Maybe a classic, but go for another sea voyage book.
The thing I loved about this Sci-Fi/Mystery book was that it was believable. The way events are explained I always felt "Yeah that could happen given the situation and maybe a few more decades of technological advancements."
There is some mystery in the book as to what and who the hypotheticals are and the author did a great job of spacing the clues through out the book too keep you wanting to listen just another hour more.
Only 2 complaints, first, about 60% into the book it starts getting boring, but give it 1 or 2 hours and it picks up again. Second complaint, the book ends about 20 sentences too late. I felt the story had a perfect ending, then it kept going for about 4 more minutes. Maybe the author was preparing for a sequal...
I could only hope!
It is a great book and not much to complain about except that I don't think it lived up to its hype. It is an Audible select, and 2 credits? a bit much. But it is a great book. Just wish it was only 1 credit.
This ranks my second favorite book on audible so far. My first is "Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage". Only bad part of the book was I felt as if I was missing some material because at the end of the audio book it said "Edited for children" and there is also 3 hour longer unabridged version(In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Unabridged)). Nevertheless, the story is top notch. Highly recommended!
I thought the characters were unlikeable and had no real personalities. I was expecting more.
I've never heard a book that has had such an impact on my life. Easy to understand, yet very powerful message.
I'm very happy to have stumbled upon this audiobook.
I was very much in to this book. But the down side of this book is that it tends to talk about some crazy ideas that may take a few listenings to understand. Or you could just listen to the book and not pay attention to the author when he explains how things work, and enjoy the fun story.
I was supprised at just how interesting this book was. It covers a histroy of most all major branches of science, Astronomy, Geology, Biology, etc. and it does so in a way that is easy and interesting to understand. The book starts the with a few sections talking about how little we know about everything, and how much we thought we knew but were later proved wrong. Then he spends time talking about the large span of the universe, the tiny span of the atomic world. The he moves on to things that we "Know" about life today. He puts in many examples to make the content easy to understand, like imagine your arm as the timeline of the earth, in this case human exsistance can be compared to the amount of nail removed in one swipe of a nail file. Other times it is creepy to know that we share our beds, pillows, and bodies with millions of very small animals. It is facinating to learn that we know less about our own oceans on earth than we know about the universe we live in. It is all presented in a way that keeps you listening to the end.
Recomended for anyone with a small hint of intrest in learning more about science.
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