In the Heart of the Sea
The Tragedy of the Whaleship EssexDownloadable Audiobook - 2015
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard.The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty 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 ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing listen, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (10 hr., 3 min., 23 sec.)) : digital
Call Number: eAudio
From Library Staff
Philbrick is now one of my favorite nonfiction writers. An exciting story of survival after the whaling ship Essex is sunk by a whale.