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Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Deaver Brown Publisher: Simply Magazine Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781614960485
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“Flanagan” is a story not dissimilar from “The Open Boat,” except that the captain dies in “Flanagan” but not in the “Open Boat.” Flanagan is hired to take a ship, aptly named the Foundling, down to Cuba to run guns and people into that country. He does so in a rickety old boat and does a good job. A gun boat finds them and barrels at them at top speed. Rather than just running, the natural instinct, Flanagan turns his ship towards the small gun boat, an unexpected chess move, and runs down the surprised small gun boat and sinks her.

Afterward, his men make sure to gun down the survivors in their life boats to assure no follow-up. After this great victory, Flanagan sees a storm whirling up in the distance. It comes upon him and is about to destroy his ship, even after they try heading as far towards the Florida coast as possible. They can't make it and so abandon ship. This is during a great party on shore, at which people, upon hearing of the shipwreck, come down to the shore to gawk. “Later there floated to them a body with a calm Irish face (presumably Flanagan). The expedition of the Foundling will never be historic.” The story ends in a dull thud, exhibiting the classic irony of a Crane short story.

Every bit as interesting as “The Open Boat,” this is a companion piece with somewhat similar results. As with all Simply audio books, we provide a commentary in an afterword for those interested.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/31/2011

    " The poor, naive Maggie will steal your heart. This is the perfect compliment to James' Daisy Miller--the two women protagonists are comparable but SO different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E_h | 5/27/2011

    " 2.5 stars. Had to read it for a class. Yes, there is a lot to think about with this book, but it's just so depressing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/18/2011

    " It was very difficult to read (because of the dialects) and too hard for my taste, too many strong passages and a very harsh and sad story. But it was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Val | 5/14/2011

    " Not my favorite.Out of all of the books I read for english this year this would have to be my least favorite.It was very depressing and put me in a bad mood whenever I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clarissa | 4/8/2011

    " If you like melodrama, then this is the book for you. But I didn't care much for this 'naturalistic' novel. It was just too over-the-top for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 4/5/2011

    " If you are from Ireland or can understand Irish accents or a book written in American/Irish brogue, you may enjoy this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 3/12/2011

    " Depression porn, like much of the "city" literature of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 1/17/2011

    " interesting view of poverty and pathology in turn-of-the-century YC "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam | 8/23/2010

    " In the back of my copy of "The Red Badge of Courage". Too depressing - 1 star. "

About the Author

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was an American novelist, poet, and journalist. He worked as a reporter of slum life in New York and a highly paid war correspondent for newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. He wrote many works of fiction, poems, and accounts of war, all well received but none as acclaimed as his 1895 Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Today he is considered one of the most innovative American writers of the 1890s and one of the founders of literary realism.

About the Narrator

Deaver Brown is an author and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and his books include Crucial Conversations, Presidential Wisdom, George Washington: Farewell Address, and numerous others.