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Author: Geoff Dyer Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9780553397635
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From a writer “whose genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down [makes him] an exemplar of our era” (NPR), a new book that confirms his power to astound readers.   As a child Geoff Dyer spent long hours making and blotchily painting model fighter planes. So the adult Dyer jumped at the chance of a residency aboard an aircraft carrier. Another Great Day at Sea chronicles Dyer’s experiences on the USS George H.W. Bush as he navigates the routines and protocols of “carrier-world,” from the elaborate choreography of the flight deck through miles of walkways and hatches to kitchens serving meals for a crew of five thousand to the deafening complexity of catapult and arresting gear. Meeting the Captain, the F-18 pilots and the dentists, experiencing everything from a man-overboard alert to the Steel Beach Party, Dyer guides us through the most AIE (acronym intensive environment) imaginable.   A lanky Englishman (could he really be both the tallest and the oldest person on the ship?) in a deeply American world, with its constant exhortations to improve, to do better, Dyer brilliantly records the daily life on board the ship, revealing it to be a prism for understanding a society where discipline and conformity, dedication and optimism, become forms of self-expression. In the process it becomes clear why Geoff Dyer has been widely praised as one of the most original—and funniest—voices in literature.   Another Great Day at Sea is the definitive work of an author whose books defy definition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dyer stows himself away on an American aircraft carrier, fortunately, with all his hilarious tics in place. A rare kind of nonfiction, with sentences that keep on giving long after your eye has sailed on.”

    Steve Martin

  • Another Great Day at Sea is what we’ve all come to expect from Geoff Dyer—another great book. I loved everything about it. It’s brilliantly observed, beautifully written, incisive, funny, and filled with stirring truths about life and the value of service.”

    David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

  • “Geoff Dyer has managed to do again what he does best: insert himself into an exotic and demanding environment (sometimes, his own flat, but here, the violent wonders of an aircraft carrier) and file a report that mixes empathetic appreciation with dips into brilliant comic deflation. Welcome aboard the edifying and sometimes hilarious ship Dyer.”

    Billy Collins, New York Times bestselling author of Aimless Love

  • “What could be better than weeks far away on the flat seas of the Arabian Gulf with Geoff Dyer? He is, if possible, even more witty and charming than usual. The carrier's hugeness, its crew’s tireless cheer and openness, and the enormous mechanical and electrical forces at work everywhere fare wonderfully here with Dyer’s unique combination of depth, irreverence, and explosive humor.”

    Annie Dillard, New York Times bestselling author of The Living

  • “This is what I love about Geoff Dyer’s work: His feet are never on the ground.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “When Dyer delves into a specific topic, he delves deeply, which is why we’re looking forward to his latest exploration: what life aboard an aircraft carrier is like. As always, he laces his observations with comedy and captivating storytelling.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Dyer is to essays what Anthony Bourdain is to food, and in Another Great Day at Sea his descriptions do not disappoint.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Terrific reading…And so with this generous, illuminating, and very funny book, Geoff Dyer, one of the most inquisitive writers in the English language, has proven his writing chops on land and at sea. What’s left? We need to send him to space.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An often hilarious and aphoristic, short-chaptered account written by a British essayist who is fascinated by American culture…A highly entertaining read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Unique, interesting, and surprising…fascinating.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Geoff Dyer is the author of several novels, a critical study of John Berger, and numerous genre-defying books, including Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle finalist.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries. He is also an active television and film actor who has appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, Veep, and WestWorld.