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Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline Audiobook

Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties? One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships (Travelers' Tales)

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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

ForeWord Humor Book of the Year

Benjamin Franklin Awards Humor Book of the Year

In Cruise Confidential, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt - or, in this case, the dirty water - on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the year he spent working for Carnival Cruise Lines takes listeners down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving listeners gasping with laughter as they're assaulted nonstop with events that range from the absurd to the utterly bizarre. Stewards fighting over food. Cutlery allowances and other nonsensical rules. What the crew calls those onboard (no, it's not passengers). And, of course, the sex. An abundance of ready, willing, and able bodies eager for action on a vessel replete with nooks and crannies leads to love in some mighty strange and seemingly impossible places.

Breezy, entertaining, and informative, Cruise Confidential is essential listening for those planning a cruise or for anyone who just needs a good laugh.

Don't miss the entire Cruise Confidential series:

  • Cruise Confidential
  • Ship for Brains
  • Unsinkable Mister Brown
  • High Seas Drifter

©2008 Brian David Bruns (P)2016 Brian David Bruns

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    Mary Karowski 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Never been on a cruise but this makes me want to take one"

    My wife has talked for years about going on a cruise. I'm in the restaurant business myself for 23 years now and was fascinated by the insights and observations made in this book. My wife would be horrified to listen to this book and then go on a cruise. Personally I reveled in it. Every moment kept you waiting for the next. The energy and exuberance of the narrator conveyed the hectic emotions of the author. Wonderfully experienced, written and read. Seamless in it's amazing ability to deliver the feel of being there. Listening on my way home after a 13 hour shift I could commiserate with the exhaustion of the author. The separation from loved ones due to work. Well done. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Delta Stet Texas 04-20-16
    Delta Stet Texas 04-20-16
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    "The title might have exaggerated the story a bit."

    I picked this book up because of the title, but I think it might have exaggerated the story a bit. The writing is fun and there is plenty going on. But it does get a little repetitive after a while. There is very little "behind the scenes" talked about. Most of the stories actually happen in front of guests on the ship.

    Gary Furlong did an excellent job narrating. I was a bit surprised Bruns didn't narrate his own story, but that's okay.

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    in1ear (John Row) 04-20-16 Member Since 2016

    Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,600 Kindle books, and over 400 Audible books.

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    "SS POSEIDON / AMISTAD love child"
    What made the experience of listening to Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline the most enjoyable?

    Wacky below decks behind the glamour expose. Exciting Enthusiastic narration.


    What other book might you compare Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline to and why?

    Elements of Kitchen Confidential by Bourdain, farcical elements a la M.A.S.H. by Hooker (nee) Hornberger. With some pinches of Toby Tyler by James Otis Kaler via Disney.


    Which character – as performed by Gary Furlong – was your favorite?

    The author / protagonist.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I 95, Mama told me to see the world, but I should have stayed in school. Is that too long for a film title?


    Any additional comments?

    A whirlwind, insane insider look at Cruise Ship employee challenges. You wonder why there aren't more "man over board "accidents" involving ships' crew members. lol

    I enjoyed Gary Furlong's upbeat narration.

    Thank you for making this audiobook available.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Earle D. Holt 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very revealing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline the most enjoyable?

    The account of the general life of crew members and how they are treated by the cruise line. Also, the prejudice of some managers against Americans.


    What other book might you compare Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline to and why?

    Burt Reynolds' recent book. Great behind the scenes information.


    What about Gary Furlong’s performance did you like?

    Great voice inflection. How different nationality's accents were used.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely made me laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    As a longtime cruiser, it really makes me think of the plight of the cruise workers and how they are treated by both management and guests. May God bless them!

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    Frank T. Corey 08-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "As real as it gets"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Loved this book. Read it and several of his others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The unvarnished truth, the good the bad, and the funny as hell. Brian is the main character, and you get a sense of him through his narrative style. I've been waiting for this to come to audible, if you havent read any of Brian's other books seek them out. Wish he was still to Carnival when I was there


    Any additional comments?

    .....if he said holy cat one more time....

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    Russ 05-26-16
    Russ 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting to see the curtain pulled back"

    Having been on a few cruises myself, I enjoyed learning what happens behind the scenes. It is a little eye opening about the crews living conditions and work schedule. Good book with an awesome narrator. When the narrator can do an accent within an accent...you know he is good.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast

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    Daman 05-20-16
    Daman 05-20-16 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Inspiring and Eye-Opening"
    What did you love best about Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline?

    The candid nature of the book provided an eye opening picture of the scenes behind cruise travel and these traveler tales become ingrained in ones mind. It was humorous and a pleasant listen.


    What about Gary Furlong’s performance did you like?

    It was very well crafted and pleasant to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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    EP Walnut Creek, CA United States 05-18-16
    EP Walnut Creek, CA United States 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Carnival Cruise Slave"
    What made the experience of listening to Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline the most enjoyable?

    This is an AWESOME audiobook! The author's stories are highly entertaining, and the narrator's delivery is great-I can't believe how good he was at mimicking the accents various nationalities of the people working on the cruise ships! This audiobook gives the listener a VERY good sense of what it's like to work on a Carnival cruise ship-and the stories themselves are very engaging!


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Dee LA 05-04-16
    Dee LA 05-04-16
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    "Totally worth it!"
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    I enjoyed this listen from start to finish! The author and the narrator were a perfect combination and every single story was experienced to its fullest. (I even googled the author because I wanted to see what such a character looked like.)

    I'm not a fan of cruises but this made me want to go. Perfect listen!

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    Jan United States 04-22-16
    Jan United States 04-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Once upon a time, on a cruise ship far away...."

    I have never been on a cruise ship, but I have worked with ESL folks from many different cultures, so I regard this narrative as less reality than wishful thinking. That being said, by regarding it as a fanciful tale full of ego and testosterone, I enjoyed it and laughed myself silly! I mean, come on, he is the best at everything? And everyone is constantly bedhopping? Really, he is NOT James Bond! And no one ever gets mal de mer or Traveller's Revenge? But if you take it as humor, it is hard not to enjoy it. Even if only 10% is based in reality, it is still a smudged window into a workplace that many of us never are aware of.
    Maybe I just enjoyed it more because it was performed with such agility by Gary Furlong who made it even more fun.
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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