A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips audiobook

A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

By Richard Phillips , with Stephan Talty
Read by George K. Wilson

Tantor Audio 9781401310448
8.71 Hours 1
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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 fifty-three-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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A New York Times bestseller

"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 fifty-three-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Phillips's story is not just riveting and timely, but also an informative, heartening look at...the Merchant Marines. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Phillips’ story is not just riveting and timely, but also an informative, heartening look at…the Merchant Marines.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One closes the book with an overpowering sense that this time, for once, the good guys won.” Booklist (starred review)
“Former broadcast journalist George Wilson provides an authoritative, dramatic, and, at times, appropriately humorous tone to the story of the captain and crew as they face off against cutthroat Somali pirates. Wilson’s precise delivery is true to the author’s style and easily holds the listener’s attention.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Richard Phillips

Author Bio: Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1979 and qualified as an Army Ranger, serving as an officer in the US Army. He earned a master’s degree in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1989, completed his thesis work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, then worked as a research associate at Lawrence Livermore. He lives with his wife, Carol, in Phoenix, where he writes science fiction thrillers.

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Author Bio: Stephan Talty

Author Bio: Stephan Talty

Stephan Talty is a widely published journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, Time Out New York, Details, and many other publications. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Blue Water and Mulatto America: At the Crossroads of Black and White Culture.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English