Revenge of the Whale

  • by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by Taylor Mali
  • 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Can a whale attack a ship? The shipwrecked crew of the whaleship Essex was living proof that it could when a whale displayed a fury never before witnessed, ramming and sinking their vessel in a matter of minutes in November 1820. The story of their survival is one rarely spoken of by Nantucketers even to this day, but National Book Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick courageously brings every shocking detail into the light. The result is this unforgettable and riveting account of the horrors of survival at sea.Award-winning performance artist and poet Taylor Mali again brings another exciting and important slice of American history alive.


What the Critics Say

2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Children's Spoken Word
"One of our country's great adventure stories. (The Wall Street Journal)
"A compelling saga of desperation and survival." (School Library Journal)
"Mali makes sure that listeners ride the waves of exhilaration, fear, tragedy and joyous relief as he introduces the crew and their plight." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So great I want to hear the longer version.

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!
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- Mark

Revenge of the Whale

Outstanding. One amazing story, coupled with the fact that it is well written and easy to read (or listen to in this case).
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.