Monday, March 10, 2008

Nonfiction Monday: Revenge of the Whale

If you want to try your first non-fiction audiobook, here’s a great title to choose: Revenge of The Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex from Audio Bookshelf. This gripping book by Nathaniel Philbrick was named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and was adapted for young readers by Philbrick from his 2000 National Book Award Winner, In the Heart of the Sea. Survival stories don’t get any better than this: monster whale sinking ship, twenty men in small boats trying for the coast 3,000 miles away, and horrific desperation. This actual event was the inspiration for Moby-Dick. Fantastic narration by Taylor Mali and mood-setting sea shanties will have listeners of all ages riveted. Want to sell this title the next time you book talk audiobooks? One word: cannibalism.

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