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  • Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline

  • Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties? One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships (Travelers' Tales)
  • By: Brian David Bruns
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never been on a cruise but this makes me want to take one

  • By Mary Karowski on 04-28-16

Not what you might be looking for...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

What disappointed you about Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline?

This tale is thin on information related to life aboard a cruise liner as it might relate to the inner workings and behind the scenes life of employees. It is heavy on the conquests of the narcissistic main character and is a primary tale or recollection of his grand adventure. Hats off to you if you actually listen all the way to the end.

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

There was some information provided that gave a glimpse at the industry that most of us will never have a chance to see. The narrator was commendable and easy to listen to.

  • Never Love a Stranger

  • By: Harold Robbins
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

Never Love a Stranger, still considered one of Robbins' most powerful books, tells the story of Francis "Frankie" Kane, an orphan growing up in the dirty world of New York's Hell's Kitchen. After being kicked out of a Catholic orphanage when it is discovered that he is of Jewish descent, a confused and deeply distraught Frankie turns to a life of crime, the only life he knows, and he's good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robust Rags 2 Riches of Hell's Kitchen Orphan

  • By W Perry Hall on 08-09-15

Patton almost saves it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Listened for several hours since Patton is a favorite narrator. After several hours I still wasn’t sure what the story was, if there was a story, or where it was going. Could be my loss.