Captains Courageous

Version: Unabridged
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Narrator: David Stuart
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Young Harvey Cheyne is rich, spoiled, prejudiced, and totally lacking in the real experiences of life. When the fifteen-year-old is accidentally washed overboard a great ocean liner headed for Europe, he is picked up by a fisherman and brought aboard the fishing schooner We're Here. Harvey's stories of privilege and wealth mean nothing aboard this hard-working vessel, and the boy receives many lessons in self-reliance, values, and hard-bitten reality - "things every man must know, blind, drunk, or asleep" - in the words of Long Jack.
Harvey, Long Jack, Tom Platt, Manuel, and many more great characters come alive in this rich retelling of life aboard the We're Here.

Reviews (2)

Kipling is always good

Written by Albert from Annapolis, MD on July 25th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a book for young people. Although there are some interesting turns, the plot will be a little thin and obvious for a modern adult reader. However we enjoyed it for the beauty of the prose and the joy of hearing a story whose characters, in the course of the story, all develop admirable traits. There have been at least two mangled attempts to make movies of it. Pity. They could have been great!! Now, listening to it well-narrated, we appreciated Kipling again.

Captains Courageous

Written by PK from Hooper, UT on January 31st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have discovered that listening to the classics now that I am older is much more fun that having to read them when younger. This tale is interesting and it makes me want to explore Rudyard Kipling's works further. However, the narration of David Stuart makes it a book better listened to than read. I highly recommend it, even though sometimes the slang used for the fishermen in those days is beyond my understanding, it was very entertaining.

Author Details

Author Details

Kipling, Rudyard

"Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, but educated in England at the United Services College, Westward Ho, Bideford. In 1882 he returned to India, where he worked for Anglo-Indian newspapers. His literary career began with Departmental Ditties (1886), but subsequently he became chiefly known as a writer of short stories. A prolific writer, he achieved fame quickly. Kipling was the poet of the British Empire and its yeoman, the common soldier, whom he glorified in many of his works, in particular Plain Tales from the Hills (1888) and Soldiers Three (1888), collections of short stories with roughly and affectionately drawn soldier portraits. His Barrack Room Ballads (1892) were written for, as much as about, the common soldier. In 1894 appeared his Jungle Book, which became a children's classic all over the world. Kim (1901), the story of Kimball O'Hara and his adventures in the Himalayas, is perhaps his most felicitous work. Other works include The Second Jungle Book (1895), The Seven Seas (1896), Captains Courageous (1897), The Day's Work (1898), Stalky and Co. (1899), Just So Stories (1902), Trafficks and Discoveries (1904), Puck of Pook's Hill (1906), Actions and Reactions (1909), Debits and Credits (1926), Thy Servant a Dog (1930), and Limits and Renewals (1932). During the First World War Kipling wrote some propaganda books. His collected poems appeared in 1933.

Kipling was the recipient of many honorary degrees and other awards. In 1926 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature, which only Scott, Meredith, and Hardy had been awarded before him."