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it may not be a five star book (like Moby dick or #middlemarch) but it would be a shame to cause someone to over look due to mediocre rate.
the book is short and straight to the point. a memoir of a fateful voyage.
the compelling part is not the prose but the story. what they went through... what happened along the way... it's amazing. and to consider the technology of the time, it's almost unbelievable they survived. it may have been terrifying.
really the worst part of the book is the prose. it is dry and blunt. it is a shame that the author was not a fancy lyricists that could bring the eloquence to the situation. however a poet would probably not have been first mate and possibly not survived.
I recommend the story as an amazing memoir of an incredible experience
What made the experience of listening to Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex the most enjoyable?
I cannot imagine a better reader than Mr. Stojka. His understated but thoughtful performance was pitch-perfect.
What other book might you compare Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex to and why?
If you are reading or have read Moby-Dick, then you must read the source material, which is this.
What about Andre Stojka’s performance did you like?
Wonderful voice, interesting and tasteful emphases.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The real Moby-Dick!
Any additional comments?
Hoping to enjoy more of Mr. Stojka's subtle work in the future.