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Rudyard Kipling
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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  15,772 Ratings  ·  595 Reviews
Timeless Classics--designed for the struggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original classic. These classic novels will grab a student's attention from the first page. Audiobook for each title is paced for students to follow the text word-for-word and include two audio CDs--more help for struggling readers. Books sold separately. Boy overboard! After f ...more
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published June 1st 1976 by Amereon Limited (first published 1897)
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Adam Nelson
Nov 25, 2012 Adam Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read most of this aloud to my older boys as I was putting them to sleep at night, and I think that's probably the best way to navigate through Kipling's tale. It's a lot of fun, but if you're reading silently, not trying on the accents as Kipling's written them, I think you miss a lot. This book is chock full of sailing terms that Kipling never explains, nor does he provide a glossary, but I liked this. Much of the time, I didn't understand what the characters were talking about in their daily ...more
Apr 29, 2014 7jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of how one 15-year-old rich boy's moment of bad luck changes his life, from spoiled brat to a mature, better person with solid values who can work well with others and doesn't need to prove his worth with questionable things and boasting.
Forced to spend a summer with fishermen (no radios or other ways to communicate where he is) - no chance that the men would drop him off after picking him up from the sea where he had fallen - he gets a good glimpse as he works with them of what their l
Aug 29, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-school-year
Second reading November 2016

First reading: August 2014
I didn't really expect to love a sailor's story but clearly I didn't have any idea how much Leadership Education can be cultivated on the dangerous fishing lines of the Atlantic. The book is totally different than anything else I have read by Kipling. It is an American story (as opposed to his more typical Indian writing), high adventure, perfect for boys (I couldn't keep my 7 year old away) (not to say that girls wouldn't enjoy it too) and
Michael Gerald
Jan 03, 2012 Michael Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you take a look at the informative channels on cable tv like National Geographic, Discovery, and Animal Planet, you will notice that there are a lot of programs about fishing. Deadliest Catch, Monster Fish, Wicked Tuna. Good to see fishermen plying their trade and makes one appreciate a job most people in cities do not give importance to.

But a century before these shows, there was a book that portrayed fishing and the folks whose lives depend on it. But it wasn't just a book about fishing; it
K.M. Weiland
Now, I know it’s not fair to judge a book on its movie (or vice versa), but I totally did. I love the adaptation of this story so much, but the book just doesn’t live up. No Harvey/Manuel relationship, and Harvey’s character arc happens in the space of a single chapter in the first quarter of the book. The rest is all interesting and colorful accounts of fishing life—and some didactic moralizing later on—but it doesn’t live up to Freddie Bartholomew and Spencer Tracy.
Oct 04, 2007 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book year's ago--in junior high school. I can't remember much--it was one of those adventure sort of novels that we were always reading to keep the boys involved in class. You know what I mean--Lord of the Flies, Call of the Wild, Adventures of Huck Finn...I read all of these when I was 12 or so. Only later in high school, did I delve into books more my taste, books not so decidedly action-adventure.

The only reason I'm writing this review, or even including this on my book shelf for
I enjoyed the plot and general storyline, but I got really bogged down in all the "sea-faring" talk and jargon. When Kipling wrote this one, readers obviously enjoyed learning all of these different, strange things through reading whereas now I'd rather watch 15 minutes of a documentary on the History Channel and be done.

Harvey is a spoiled, rotten brat of a teenager who delights in causing his mother to fret and his father to ignore him. When Harvey goes overboard a luxury steamer to land himse
Lara Lleverino
It was by chance I read this book at the same time I finished both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess and not long after reading Carry On Mr Bowditch. Kiplings own story mirrors that of A Little Princess in that his birth to early years were spent in India in the care of his Ayah and later years in a merciless England. The story itself mirrored Bowditch in that it took place in the oceans of North America and on a ship. I found the book enjoyable if a bit difficult to read given the strange ...more
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There is nothing a season at sea can't cure - especially a bad attitude. My review: Captians Courageous

Vince Hale
Like a lot of reviewers here I was SUPPOSED to read this book in grade school, but that never happened. I tried again my junior year of college and stopped 40 or 50 pages into it. So now at forty years old I decided I would finally read it cover-to-cover, no matter what. The copy that I read is literally the same 1964 version that I started some 30 years ago. The yellow pages and old-fashioned library smell of the book actually added to the experience.

When I finish a really good book I always fe
Dec 30, 2013 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is good to read the true classics now and then, and I had not read Kipling in a long time. Began this book on my phone, continued on my computer, and finally got this paperback copy at my local library, thank God. I have to say I find reading ebooks a particularly unsatisfactory experience.

As for the book, it is thoroughly enjoyable. I need not restate the plot, but I wonder how many of us living in the US today could live that kind of life, particularly young teenagers? I know there are kid
Jorge Cienfuegos
Qué mal ha envejecido este libro. Como novela de aventuras, para mi gusto no funciona salvo que seas un loco del mundo de los barcos de pesca, y como novela de iniciación de un chaval malcriado, se queda escueta y pobre en comparación con otras historias del estilo que vinieron después. Es más retrato plano de la vida de un grupo de pescadores que otra cosa, y a mí me ha aburrido bastante.
Jan 16, 2017 Lekeshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
My first introduction to Rudyard Kipling was his book Just So Stories. I was not a fan. Thankfully I picked this book up based on recommendation from several friends not paying attention to the author. Captains Courageous is a great coming of age story. Not only did Harvey grow up but so did everyone around him. Especially his parents. I recommend this book to adults and children. Especially those who believe they are entitled to everything. This is an amazing classic. Can't wait till this book ...more
Mar 03, 2017 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, classics, sea
A classic coming of age story, set at sea. It's a simple timeless classic full of the prejudices of the era and the author but still well deserving to be read.
Sep 24, 2015 Warren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning! You must be an excellent cockney/seaman's phonetic language reader to attempt this book.
A difficult read to say the least, trying to understand what the hell everyone is saying, as well as all the boat terminology thrown at you and yee olde slang, the version I read had an appendix at the back, thank you, because otherwise this book would only have been half understood. It's kind of funny reading an old book from the late 19th century as they were not concerned with dropping the 'N' bom
Alvin Chui
This novel writes about a fifteen years old fellow, Harvey, who was spoiled by his multimillionaire father, learns a life-changing lesson after an accident of falling into the ocean. A fishing schooner that headed towards Gloucester saved Harvey. However, crewmembers on the schooner didn’t care about how wealthy Harvey’s family was, so he got to travel in this boat for half a year. During the journey, Harvey encountered hardships, but furthermore, he learnt things that he could’ve never had by ...more
Benjamin Thomas
"You an' me we'll sluice that out'er when they're through. 'Send we'll hev fuli pens to-night! I've seen 'er down ha'af a foot wit fish waitin' to clean, an' we stood to t'tables till we was splittin' ourselves instid o' them, we was so sleepy, Yes, they're comin' in naow."

Did you get that? That's just an example of the kind of dialogue you must try to decipher as you plod your way through this classic novel. I triple checked what I had typed to make sure I got it exactly as it's printed in my c
Captains Courageous is a great story about how setting expectations upon kids, and making them work in order to find their own sense of self worth helps them to become courageous captains of their lives. I liked that a lot, especially since my sister and I are currently working on getting my nephew off the entitled/spoiled track and onto a more respectful path that requires him to meet some expectations and to exercise some self-control and discipline.

Unfortunately, Captains Courageous doesn't t
Jean Poulos
When Rudyard Kipling was staying in Vermont in February 1896 he listened to the stories of the local physician telling about his time on a schooner thirty years before. That gave Kipling the idea to write “Captains Courageous.” Kipling said he tried to change his writing style for the book using allegory, parable, and metaphor to suit his subject.

The story of “Captains Courageous” like that of the earlier “Jungle Book” is of a boy who finds himself in a new environment and is profoundly affected
Jeremy R.
Sep 29, 2014 Jeremy R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say that this is one of Kipling's greatest accomplishments would be doing a disservice to the likes of Kim, The Man Who Would Be King, and most especially his underrated poetry. It's moral is straightforward, and transparent from its first chapter: it is a classic coming-of-age story about a young boy who learns the value of honesty and loyalty through difficult trials and hard work, and thereby becomes a man.
While it lacks the depth of Kim's plot and cast of characters, Captain's Courageous
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
An okay read, if you like that sort of thing. I was curious, knowing something about the filming of the Spencer Tracey movie. Typical of its time for a certain type of yarn; the spoiled brat millionaire's kid finds himself forced to pull his own weight on a cod boat. That's OK so far, and I enjoyed the other characters, but Harvey is not convincing. He's never done hand's turn in his life except to dress and feed himself and have a good time, and in less than a week he's holding his own in the c ...more
Dale Pearl
Not the easiest book to read. I am under the impression that Rudyard Kipling books are meant to be read out loud. If unable to read out loud then to listen in audio format would make for a wonderful secondary. To appreciate the work you must understand the spoken words, the dialects, the emotion and syntax.

A fairly short read in the grand scheme of things at around 5 hours, so this book could easily be broken up into nightly readings to read/ act out to children. The entire book could be finishe
Aug 21, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two aspects of this brief maritime classic made it difficult for me to read: the variety of dialects (Portuguese, New Englander, and others I probably could not distinguish) and the unique jargon associated with fishing, sailing and ships. Even searching online for definitions didn't always help, because the terms themselves are apparently too archaic. That said, the relationships and the character development in the story I thoroughly enjoyed. And the descriptive writing was superb! I felt as i ...more
Kipling's only novel set in America, and perhaps not his strongest.

Very short, but perhaps could have been shorter: works best as an extended fable, a little like Tolstoy, and least when attempting to paint a picture of Gloucester fishermen. This is perhaps an unfair criticism, but the spellings used to represent the Gloucester dialect are irritating. Dialect in dialogue is difficult, and best done with a light touch, and this is heavy.

Kipling is always good at keeping you on the hook for what h
Jun 11, 2009 Ross rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting view of the Grand Banks fishing fleet and fishermen of 100+ years ago.
I read this book as a child in the 50's and thought it very good.
I have discovered audiobooks in the last dozen years and am going through a lot of books I read long ago with an MP3 version. Some with great success, some not.
This story was written as a monthly magazine serial for adult readers, but must be classified today as "young adult." In this time through with the audio version I still enjoyed the first par
This is Kipling's only novel concerning North America. It is consistent with his others in the underlying theme that experience is the great teacher. Harvey Cheyne is a coddled adolescent whose parents' wealth he takes for granted. The bulk of the story concerns his going over the rail on an Atlantic steamship crossing and being rescued by the crew of a Great Banks fishing boat.

Kipling has done a lot of research on North Atlantic fishing and the New England fishing crews. He gets the details rig
Sep 10, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading this classic, or any Rudyard Kipling for that matter. It's hard to believe that I loved a book that was so full of fishing jargon that at times I had no idea what the author was talking about or what the characters were saying, but I did. I loved it. Every minute of it, even when I was clueless. I loved how quickly Harvey changed, how fast he realized he wasn't all that he thought he was, and how fast he decided to make the best of his new circumstances. It is a st ...more
I read this book because I had never read Kipling. It wa a poor choice as he is most known for his "India" writings and this was America but the story was good - if generally known - and the presentations of sea fishing life interesting (assuming they were correct).
The problem with this book for me was my inability to understand some of the jargon. This was read as a "free" Kindle version - transferred electronically to e-book format and many of the words were not known to me (nor the Kindle's d
This book lets you have a marvellous look into life on a fishing boat, in the best boys adventure way.

However it does have some serious shortcomings, for one the sheer weight of unknown slang and fishing terms can make it rather obscure in places. Rather more problematic is the highly unlikely conversion of Harvey (our hero)a boy spoilt rotten his entire life, lazy, proud and disrespectful. It only takes being rescued by the crew of the 'We're Here' and a punch on the nose to be converted into a
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in
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“It was the forty-fathom slumber that clears the soul and eye and heart, and sends you to breakfast ravening. They emptied a big tin dish of juicy fragments of fish- the blood-ends the cook had collected overnight. They cleaned up the plates and pans of the elder mess, who were out fishing, sliced pork for the midday meal, swabbed down the foc'sle, filled the lamps, drew coal and water for the cook, an investigated the fore-hold, where the boat's stores were stacked. It was another perfect day - soft, mild and clear; and Harvey breathed to the very bottom of his lungs.” 3 likes
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