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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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This is one of those stories that captures the imagination and if it were not for the fact that it is a true story, you might think a work of fiction or an old sailors yarn.
This account of what happened to the men of the Whaler Essex was the basis for Herman Melville's Moby Dick. However, where Moby Dick ends is the start of the harrowing story of the Essex crew. A tale of survival while at sea in small boats after their 87 foot long whaler vessel was rammed and sunk by an 85 foot bull sperm whale in a deliberate and frighteningly calculating attack.
A riveting telling of the plight of the 20 men left to fend for themselves in three small whale boats and how thirst and starvation gripped them as days at sea hundreds of miles from anywhere turned into weeks and then resorting to cannibalism in order to survive. I would like Audible to obtain the unabridged version which is some three hours longer for a fuller account at some point in the future. The unabridged version entitled "In The Heart of The Sea" has now become a Ronald Howard movie scheduled for release in March 2015 and if it tells the story nearly as well as this book should be a very powerful film.
An incredible tale and one that will leave you wondering how the survivors ever coped.
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