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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Phillips Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.
President Barack Obama

It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day standoff, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.

It never ends like this, Captain Phillips said. And he's right. A story of adventure and courage, A Captain's Duty provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking - the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by J. G. Burdette | 2/14/2014

    " Definitely a spellbinding story (with a few laughs) told by Captain Richard Phillips who was held hostage by pirates. I would like to note that 'colorful language' does nothing to enhance the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh Stephens | 2/11/2014

    " Pretty cool book. Easy read and very entertaining story about the Merchant Mariner from Vermont held hostage by Somali Pirates. Little disappointed they did not get into more detail about how the snipers got into position to kill the pirates but all in all not too bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zach Devine | 2/1/2014

    " I really liked this book because it was very interesting and a book to keep you on the edge of your seat. I also thought that how the other tells about something that happens in the future of the book and it becomes very intense at the end of the book. It is a book i wouldn't read it again mostly because it wasn't a book that you want to read again and again. But it is one of the better books I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aspen Junge | 1/31/2014

    " A harrowing retelling of Captain Phillips' experience as a merchant marine, particularly during the period when his ship was captured by Somali pirates and he was taken hostage. The story has enough inherent drama that the authors didn't have to punch it up any, so it's smoothly paced without being forced. A good adventure that could have ended tragically. "

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