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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 48 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Nov. 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GHSI75O

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I downloaded this book by accident, having searched for a sci-fi trilogy by an author of the same name. I deeply enjoyed this book, especially as the film has just been released! My only regret is that I read it in three days, I wish it had been longer. Phillips' account of his ordeal is harrowing and gives a very personal insight into his kidnapping. He writes candidly about the roles of the U.S. government, the Navy and the SEAL team that eventually rescued him. If you are thinking about seeing the movie, give the book a read too, and get the 'un-Hollywood' version.
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Format: Paperback
This story details in great detail the bravery of Captain Phillips. It shows how the family back at home were affected. The film was good. The book went into what happened in greater detail. Riveting.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Captain Phillips is a true hero because, as with true heroes,,he doesn't think he is. This is an adventure that needs to be read if only to appreciate what sailors, military or civilian, can encounter at any given time - it is NOT an easy life! On British T.V., there have been programmes showing some sympathy towards the pirates (incredibly) due to their poor circumstances - all caused by the West of course. Read this and you will see what unfeeling, cruel, selfish people they really are. The stoicism and selflessness of Captain Phillips is a lesson to everyone and he deserves all the plaudits he so deservedly gets.How he survived the physical and mental cruelty is a real credit to him. Brilliant!
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Format: Audio CD
3.5 stars.

I only read this as the film interested me and I wanted to read the source material first. I audio read this, and the 7 disc CD is well narrated and an easy listen.

The true story of a captain and his crew who are pursued and boarded by Somali pirates and manage to outwit them. Knowing the outcome isn't normally a problem, knowing that Captain Phillips survives, that the pirates don't win. But I actually found I identified with the pirates for 90% of their appearances in the book. I don't mean I wanted them to take money, boats and cargo from the ship, but I found myself constantly wondering "why are they doing this?", "what's life like for them in Somalia?", and their eventual fate for me was a regretful one.

The book jumps around a lot, our narrator spending half the running length (I listened to the audio) talking about his days before he joined the merchant navy, meeting his wife and his time in initial training. Then the missing chunk for me is how he rose to the rank of captain, which I was looking forward to hearing.

The pirate attack and hostage situation is quite exciting, with Phillips' wife's point of view lengthening it and racheting up tension.

It's a good one to read if you're interested in ships and the merchant navy, life for a captain/ship worker and real life dramas.

If you like this, I'd recommend the Young Adult book on similar lines: Hostage Three by Nick Lake.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is told in the by now very familiar autobiography formula. Starting with a scene very close to the climax, we then jump back to Phillips’ early days, in the “I wonder how it came to this…” mode, how he became a sailor, his philosophies and so on. Then the development of the key story follows, interspersed with ever-reducing parts covering his earlier life. And sometimes I’d like a different formula, though if I knew what that was, I’d be the assisting writer.

However, this is a more than satisfactory book. Phillips is worth listening to, a very decent man, a good manager of people, and it all stops comfortably short of the overdose of apple pie that can so easily be thrown in.

Having seen the film first, I’m able to be not disappointed at how the story had some additions to make it more dramatic. The ending in particular was tweaked a little for the movie, but remains very exciting.

Overall, a fine book by and about a fine man who ends up in an incredible situation. Enough to make you wonder how you’re cope yourself.

Well worth a read.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having seen the film, felt I had to read the book to get all the detail.
It doesn't disappoint...
Gives more depth to his character and also an interesting insight into Merchant mariners life.

The film was very true to the book also.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am still reading this book and up until now it is very good ( 4th Chapter ) the author describes his build up to the hijacking brilliantly and I have found it hard to put down ,if it continues with the same intensity, I look forward to the rest of the chapters. Recommended.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Saw the film and didn't realise til the end credits it was a true story . Well done to the film makers for not altering this story at all . The author tells us the story as it was and pulls no punches .
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