In the Heart of the Sea

  • by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The number-one best-selling, epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the 19th century - now a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth.
The sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820 set in motion one of the most dramatic sea stories of all time: the 20 sailors who survived the wreck took to three small boats (one of which was again attacked by a whale), and only eight of them survived their subsequent 90-day ordeal, after resorting to cannibalising their mates.
Three months after the Essex was broken up, the whaleship Dauphin, cruising off the coast of South America, spotted a small boat in the open ocean. As they pulled alongside they saw piles of bones in the bottom of the boat, at least two skeletons’ worth, with two survivors - almost skeletons themselves - sucking the marrow from the bones of their dead shipmates.

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What the Critics Say

"Utterly gripping." (Daily Telegraph)
"As gripping as it is grissly...a cracking narrative, a complex cast of characters and a terrible moral dilemma at its heart." (Daily Mail)

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Customer Reviews

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Mostly good

I loved this book for the most part but the last couple of hours really drag on once the main part is over.

Good reader though.

Also worth a read
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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd