Dick Sands the Boy Captain


Read by Alex C. Telander

(4.2 stars; 105 reviews)

Dick Sands, a youth of fifteen, must assume command of a ship after the disappearance of its captain. Nature’s forces combined with evil doings of men lead him and his companions to many dangerous adventures on sea and in Central Africa. (8 hr 37 min)

Chapters

Part The First - I - The “Pilgrim” 15:51 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - II - The Apprentice 10:28 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - III - A Rescue 11:33 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - IV - The Survivors of the “Waldeck” 8:45 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - V - Dingo’s Sagacity 17:17 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - VI - A Whale in Sight 13:34 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - VII - Preparations for an Attack 10:11 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - VIII - A Catastrophe 13:41 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - IX - Dick’s Promotion 10:09 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - X - The New Crew 15:44 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - XI - Rough Weather 15:51 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - XII - Hope Revived 14:08 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - XIII - Land at Last 16:11 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - XIV - Ashore 16:47 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - XV - A Stranger 16:34 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - XVI - Through the Forest 16:21 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - XVII - Misgivings 14:56 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The First - XVIII - A Terrible Discovery 12:37 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - I - The dark Continent 18:11 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - II - Accomplices 13:07 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - III - On the March again 15:09 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - IV - Rough Travelling 13:58 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - V - White Ants 13:30 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - VI - A Diving-bell 14:18 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - VII - A Slave Caravan 14:09 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - VIII - Notes by the Way 13:55 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - IX - Kazande 13:46 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - X - Market-day 14:55 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XI - A Bowl of Punch 13:19 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XII - Royal Obsequies 13:53 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XIII - In Captivity 10:28 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XIV - A Ray of Hope 17:08 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XV - An exciting Chase 13:16 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XVI - A Magician 10:50 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XVII - Drifting down the Stream 12:09 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XVIII - An anxious Voyage 13:33 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XIX - An Attack 11:38 Read by Alex C. Telander
Part The Second - XX - A happy Reunion 5:20 Read by Alex C. Telander

Reviews

Another delicious nautical tale...

(4 stars)

Wonderful tale! I loved it. The reader has a pleasing baritone voice with a nice slight accent, but he needs to slow down a bit so we can savor the author's words.

Adventures and perils galor! Imperfect but fun.

(3.5 stars)

This is not one of Jules Verne’s science fiction works, but a (fairly) realistic tale, one half sea-faring and one half African bushwhacking. This book full of hair-raising adventures is geared toward children, which may excuse Verne’s cartoonish characters and absurd plot elements, although you will be the judge. (A dog who can spell? Really?) Still, he manages to make us care about his characters, and to bite our nails in suspense over their multitudinous perils. If you can overlook some silliness, it’s an entertaining yarn. Verne is less racist than many other authors of his time. He deals condescendingly but not unkindly with his African American freedmen but is pretty horrible in his treatment of Africans. If you can’t overlook opinions and attitudes common at the time but deeply offensive today, you might want to skip it. As to the reader: he does rush, and in doing so he slurs or swallows some words. It does render some words and sentences unintelligible, but did not greatly affect my understanding of the story. His voice is rather pleasant, and I thank him for his time and effort bringing this exciting story to our ears.

(4.5 stars)

Great book, reader did go too fast, lost his pronunciation of many words in his haste, he had good recording and he would be a great reader if he didn't lose his appeal by reading so fast you didn't get a chance to enjoy the work.

(4 stars)

I enjoyed the book very much; however, my only complaint was with the narration. The narrator spoke much too fast, other than that one complaint, I am satisfied with this book. Joseph G Krestan Jr., Louisville, Ky 6 April 2017

(2 stars)

The book seems OK altho I didn't finish it. I had to stop because the pace was WAY to fast to be enjoyable. I know it is hard work tho.

ABRUPT ENDING

(3.5 stars)

Fun story despite the quick end. I realize that this is fiction, but rounding the horn without knowing it is a bit of a reach, even for Verne.

I liked the speed.

(4 stars)

a lot of the comments are complaining of the readers speech speed, unlike these people I do not read to myself at a snail's pace.

speed reading

(1 stars)

narrator sped read the whole book rushed through one tone no excitement no passion. i know its volunteer based but he wasted a good book.