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LEVIATHAN The History of Whaling in America

by | Read by James Boles

History • 16 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2007

Killing whales is anathema now, but the whaling industry played a big part in the economic development of the U.S. It affected, and was affected by, Indian-settler relations, fugitive slaves, the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. James Boles reads this well-organized history with a steadiness and clarity that keeps you listening. Its long narrative sections are broken by quotes, journal entries, and rhymes, all enlivened as much as possible. Life on a whaler was hard and usually rewarding only for the officers and owners. Though Boles's reading is pretty evenhanded emotionally, you sense a sympathy for the sailors, if not for the whales. Discovery of oil in Pennsylvania and the corsetless (whalebone) fashion of the early twentieth century rendered the U.S. whaling business obsolete. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 08]



Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2007

CD ISBN 978-1-4001-0484-0 $39.99 • Thirteen CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4001-5484-5 $29.99 • Two MP3-CDs

DD ISBN $20.99


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2007

CD ISBN 978-1-4001-3484-7 $79.99 • Thirteen CDs

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