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The Captain and the Glory

An Entertainment
Narrated by: John Hodgman
Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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A savage satire of the United States in the throes of insanity, this blisteringly funny novel tells the story of a noble ship, the Glory, and the loud, clownish, and foul captain who steers it to the brink of disaster.

When the decorated captain of a great ship descends the gangplank for the final time, a new leader, a man with a yellow feather in his hair, vows to step forward. Though he has no experience and no knowledge of nautical navigation or maritime law, and though he has often remarked he doesn't much like boats, he solemnly swears to shake things up. Together with his band of petty thieves and confidence men known as the Upskirt Boys, the captain thrills his passengers, writing his dreams and notions on the cafeteria wipe-away board, boasting of his exemplary anatomy, devouring cheeseburgers, and tossing overboard anyone who displeases him. Until one day a famous pirate, long feared by passengers of the Glory but revered by the captain for how phenomenally masculine he looked without a shirt while riding a horse, appears on the horizon....

Absurd, hilarious, and all too recognizable, The Captain and the Glory is a wicked farce of contemporary America only Dave Eggers could dream up.

©2019 Dave Eggers (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Utterly hysterical. This book gets it exactly right - the tone, the form, the kind of naive narrative that implies that all this is perfectly normal. I laughed out loud so frequently I was amazed, because I’m not that easy to make laugh out loud. Bravo.” (Eric Idle)

“A shattering, hilarious, spellbinding siren call from the deck of one of our greatest storytellers and prophets.” (Eve Ensler)

"If the normal daily diet of news makes you think that Lord Byron was right - that you should laugh so you do not weep - then let Dave Eggers help you do just that." (George F. Will)

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Animal Farm on the high seas.

Not quite the Orwellian work of genius I had hoped for, but a devastating metaphor for the presidency of Donald Trump. Shame on us for allowing this narcissistic buffoon be our captain.

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Very Funny -- and needed in there "serious" times

I found this book VERY FUNNY and so related to things going on in our country right now. It was comic relief to read. The author is very creative. I enjoyed it. Quick, easy, fun listen.