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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Nathaniel Philbrick

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2001

Duration: 10 hours 5 minutes


From the author of In the Hurricane's Eye and Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller and a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard.

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson star in a film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind Moby Dick.

In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea—and now, its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.


  • Matthew Stasior

    Excellent vivid scenes, great historical background and perspective - a little disjointed at times with staccato transitions.

  • Seth Ruggles

    Great story about the history of island that I have been to many times but never knew the story of.

  • Sara Planz

    Spell binding. You can't stop listening. So much sadness and courage and loss and strength.

  • Matt Mooney

    I really enjoyed the book. It was very easy to listen too and the story was fascinating.

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