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Joseph Armagh was 13 when he first saw America through a dirty porthole on the steerage deck of The Irish Queen. It was the early 1850s, and he was a penniless orphan cast on a hostile shore to make a home for himself and his younger brother and infant sister. Some 70 years later, from his deathbed, Joseph Armagh last glimpsed his adopted land from the gleaming windows of a palatial estate. A multimillionaire, one of the most powerful and feared men, Joseph Armagh had indeed found a home. Captains and the Kings is the story of the price that was paid for it in the consuming, single-minded determination of a man clawing his way to the top.

©1983 Taylor Caldwell (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Very special!

I will miss the fabulously complex characters and the glorious reading of this novel! Captains and Kings an amazing tale!

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a must read.

this book should be read by every high school senior. a real look at the early 1900.

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very engaging

gripping story that keeps you engaged the whole way. full of grit and the reality of a young America

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Too wordy

This book was just too wordy - I kept waiting for it to get better, but in my opinion, it never did.

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excellent.

the story is more on point in 2017 then it was in 1972 and it was written.

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Excellent

Although this story takes place at the time of the Great Migration mid 1800s ~ the relationships and characters and the challenges they face with government corruption is timeless. The characters are perfectly sketched for the reader, by that I mean they're lifelike with heroic attributes as well as tragic flaws. The main character Joseph is a strong character and Caldwell has the reader rooting for this tough Irishman throughout. I read this book years ago. A movie was also made but was nowhere near as good as the book. I loved the audio presentation here.

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An old favorite

Melodramatic, in a style no longer used by most writers, Captains and. Kings is an old favorite of mine. My dad and I read these books by Taylor Caldwell when I was a young adult, so part of my pleasure listening to this audiobook was my memories of my dad.

As to the content of this story, I remembered in particular the idea that world bankers ruled the political scene for at least the Western world. I don't think that's true in particular but we certainly know that money plays a huge part in politics and that people in governments and high positions conspire against other people and other nation states. Lots of things were interesting in this story but our language has changed and melodramatic novels are not generally the rule these days. Still this one is worth a listen.

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Not worth the time to listen to

I almost bailed out of this one a number of times along the way, but I pushed on and listened to the entire book, mainly because I wanted to find out how things would turn out for the main character, but I needn't have bothered. The near raider spoke clearly but occasionally mispronounced words. All the characters were cartoon-like and two-dimensional. The plot swept over great expenses of time and space but was often ridiculous, with various people essentially dying of a broken heart. There were even two starcrossed lovers who died at essentially the same moment, separated by at least hundreds of miles. If you enjoy this kind of claptrap, you might like the book. Otherwise save your
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Long, But Lacking Content

I honestly think this could have been a really good book.But unfortunately it was obvious what was going to happen. Not much imagination

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  • 02-26-17

A Long Slog!!! at first....

Thought i wouldn't make it to the end of this long saga...but I did and was pleased with myself....it was a bit superlative and I thought it really could be shorter...but as it got going the descriptive reading went unnoticed and I began to really enjoy the story of struggle and determination for this Irish family...so stick with it and you will not be disappointed...