FlanaganDownloadable Audiobook - 2011
Flanagan is a story similar to The Open Boat, except that the captain does 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 Cuba. He does so in a rickety old boat and does a good job. A gunboat finds them and barrels at them at top speed. Rather than just running, the natural instinct, Flanagan turns his ship towards the small gunboat, an unexpected chess move, and runs down the surprised small gunboat and sinks her. Afterward, his men make sure to gun down the survivors in their lifeboats 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, after they try heading as far towards the Florida coast as possible. They cannot make it so abandon ship. This is during a great party on shore, where people, upon hearing of the shipwreck come down as part of the party to gawk. It was a lovely scene on shore with the partygoers. Later there floated to them a body with a calm Irish face (presumably Flanagan). The Expedition of the Foundling will never be as historic as the story ends in a dull thud, the classic irony of a Crane short story. The story is every bit as interesting as The Open Boat, a companion piece with somewhat similar results. As with all Simply Magazine audio books, we provide a commentary in an afterword for those interested.
Publisher: [United States] : Simply Magazine : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (60 min.)) : digital.