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A Captain's Duty | [Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty]

A Captain's Duty

8th April 2009 was just an ordinary day for Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama as it headed towards the port of Mombasa. Ordinary that is until, armed Somali pirates attacked and boarded the freighter. Captain Phillips offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew, and so began a tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs.
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Publisher's Summary

8th April 2009 was just an ordinary day for Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama as it headed towards the port of Mombasa. Ordinary that is until, armed Somali pirates attacked and boarded the freighter.

Captain Phillips offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew, and so began a tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs.

©2010 Tantor Media Inc (P)2010 Tantor Media Inc

What the Critics Say

"I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans." (Barack Obama)

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  • Martini
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    11/26/13
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Brilliant book. For those who saw the film, the film jumped half way into the book. The first half is about Captain Phillips journey to becoming the captain and leader he wanted to be. Phillips is an interesting man with an admirable thought process. I loved hearing how he reasoned past events of his life and current events during the hijacking.
    It's well narrated. George Wilson sounds just like Tom Hanks which I found quite funny. I wonder if that's a coincidence. He made the story interesting and I have misophonia so the pace and particular sounds is usually a deal barker for me. Wilson has a very smooth voice, good at expressing emotions making the story very personal.
    I always find it easier to listen to books that a told from one perspective. Long descriptions which usually works well on paper doesn't translate well into audiobooks, in my opinion, so it was a relief to find a book that was told as a story from a personal perspective.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    6/15/14
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    "Interesting and engaging"
    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    The quality of the narration was generally very good. However, there were many long pauses suggesting a chapter break where in fact there wasn't one.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an absorbing book. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • T
    United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "A fantastic book"
    If you could sum up A Captain's Duty in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, exciting, real


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Philips, because through the book we learn more about the man, his values and morals than we did from the film


    Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favourite?

    I watched the film before reading the book, therefore my favourite character was captain Philips as the narrator managed to make himself sound like Tom Hanks, and therefore the story became more believable as I could see the scenes from the film unfolding in my head


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of the support of the local community for mrs Philips that I don't think came across in the film


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic book, very well read, and fills out all the details missed by Hollywood

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    SANDBACH, United Kingdom
    1/19/14
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    "Above average listen.."
    Would you listen to A Captain's Duty again? Why?

    No...but would see film


    What does George Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Character. He actually sounds like Tom Hanks who plays the role in the film


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Just when you though it was safe to go back ON the water...!"


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable. Held my attention pretty well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • garry
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "A Real Life Hero"
    If you could sum up A Captain's Duty in three words, what would they be?

    Heroic, Nail-biting, Emotional.


    What other book might you compare A Captain's Duty to, and why?

    This is a true story and is one of a kind


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    George Wilson sounds alot like Tom Hanks


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book is full of emotional moments


    Any additional comments?

    I watched the Tom Hanks film first and was very interested to find out that there was lots more to the Captain's tale that was untold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
    1/16/14
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    "What a Crap story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. Nothing. Nothing, Nothing. Nothing. Nothing,Nothing. Nothing. Nothing, Nothing. Nothing. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing, Nothing, Nothing. Nothing, Nothing,


    Has A Captain's Duty put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about George Wilson’s performance?

    Not him, the story


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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