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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Richard Rohan Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781593161170
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As a well-paid war correspondent, Crane was shipwrecked en route to Cuba in early 1897. He and a small party of passengers spent thirty hours adrift off the coast of Florida, an experience which Crane would later transform into his most famous short story, "The Open Boat,” in 1898.

A harrowing tale, H. G. Wells considered this the pinnacle of Crane’s work.

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  • “An imperishable gem.”

    H. G. Wells

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/17/2014

    " How would it feel to be out at sea with a few other survivors of a sunken ship? What would you be feeling when you can see the shore but can't reach it? Live through this experience with the four men in this story. A beautifully written and very human story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Jo Gesteland | 2/5/2014

    " I get more out of this story every time I read it. A classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Stubbs | 1/27/2014

    " actually not that bad of a story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 1/20/2014

    " This is a great book if you believe in determinism. I don't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/17/2014

    " This is based on an experience of the author. It is well written, however too dark for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/17/2014

    " Am I still 16? No. Do I still love Naturalism and the whole idea of the individual powerless to the forces of nature and science? Apparently, yes. (My students thought "Open Boat" was repetitive and boring. For shame! Where is their angst?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/10/2014

    " I was impressed with Crane's ability to write so fully and beautifully in a short story. The battle between the natural world and mankind and our apparent helplessness. Naturalism... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 1/8/2014

    " This was a good short story. Very descriptive in its imagery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 11/28/2013

    " Hit and miss. When on, it's the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart Lindberg | 11/19/2013

    " I'm a sucker for a good short story, there are several here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Norwood | 10/27/2013

    " It was a good short story; depressing, but good. It shows a lot about how people's characters don't always figure into whether they get what they deserve (in a positive or negative sense) or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Blake | 10/24/2013

    " I read this for my English class, and i enjoyed it. i thought the writing was lyrical and description and also engaging. I would have liked it more of we got to see more background and the characters names and not just their occupation, but its a short story not a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 10/15/2013

    " "The Open Boat" is great. Some funny dialogue. I liked it much better than "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 8/6/2013

    " Clear, crisp prose that doesn't turn sparse. Nature's brutality head-on. There is something about this stuff that I love, and it's somewhere between the words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip | 4/13/2013

    " This story describes the experience of men in a boat during a storm. The thoughts of the cook are particularly memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 12/25/2012

    " Epic yet simple story about a group of men struggling to make it to shore in a small boat on rough seas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tabatha | 11/13/2012

    " This was a lot better than The Red Badge of Honor. At times though, I kept thinking "why don't these guys just swim to shore?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celine Parker | 9/4/2012

    " I love this short story by the great Stephen Crane. A group of men find themselves at the mercy of nature when they are at sea in a small boat during a storm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aby Pacheco | 3/16/2012

    " I consider this Creative Non-Fiction and I love it. Crane writes in color and plays at your sense, he's phenomenal. Can't wait to read more of his work!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac | 3/13/2012

    " I couldn't finish The Red Badge of Courage, but I liked this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ally | 12/12/2011

    " for school. kind of confusing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 2/14/2011

    " There is so much to say about this story, but I will leave it at this: Stephen Crane's prose is absolutely beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 12/28/2010

    " I'm a sucker for a good short story, there are several here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/5/2010

    " Another great example of his descriptive ability of a situation. Crane puts you right there. It is a shame he died so young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/15/2009

    " Stephen Crane is the man. He writes some of the best sentences ever. And then puts those awesome sentences together to write stories. Jealous!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 8/7/2009

    " Epic yet simple story about a group of men struggling to make it to shore in a small boat on rough seas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/29/2008

    " Am I still 16? No. Do I still love Naturalism and the whole idea of the individual powerless to the forces of nature and science? Apparently, yes. (My students thought "Open Boat" was repetitive and boring. For shame! Where is their angst?) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dominique | 3/3/2008

    " Oh g-d WHY? The writing is awful - the story worse - boring boring boring. The pain of reading this has lasted well over 20 years - I've never forgiven one of my favorite teachers for foisting this off on me - it was an evil evil act without mercy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 8/25/2007

    " "The Open Boat" is great. Some funny dialogue. I liked it much better than "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizette | 8/6/2007

    " This book contains 4 short stories. Maggie: a Girl of the streets, which is good. Then The Open Boat, also good. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, which is my favorite. And The Blue Hotel, which I don't remember much of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/1/2007

    " The Open Boat, March, 2002 "

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