• Captains and the Kings

  • The Story of an American Dynasty
  • By: Taylor Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
  • Length: 36 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (329 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $34.99

Buy for $34.99

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Joseph Armagh was 13 when he first saw America through a dirty porthole on the steerage deck of The Irish Queen. It was the early 1850s, and he was a penniless orphan cast on a hostile shore to make a home for himself and his younger brother and infant sister. Some 70 years later, from his deathbed, Joseph Armagh last glimpsed his adopted land from the gleaming windows of a palatial estate. A multimillionaire, one of the most powerful and feared men, Joseph Armagh had indeed found a home. Captains and the Kings is the story of the price that was paid for it in the consuming, single-minded determination of a man clawing his way to the top.

©1983 Taylor Caldwell (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What listeners say about Captains and the Kings

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    238
  • 4 Stars
    56
  • 3 Stars
    25
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    227
  • 4 Stars
    44
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    219
  • 4 Stars
    48
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An old favorite

Melodramatic, in a style no longer used by most writers, Captains and. Kings is an old favorite of mine. My dad and I read these books by Taylor Caldwell when I was a young adult, so part of my pleasure listening to this audiobook was my memories of my dad.

As to the content of this story, I remembered in particular the idea that world bankers ruled the political scene for at least the Western world. I don't think that's true in particular but we certainly know that money plays a huge part in politics and that people in governments and high positions conspire against other people and other nation states. Lots of things were interesting in this story but our language has changed and melodramatic novels are not generally the rule these days. Still this one is worth a listen.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very special!

I will miss the fabulously complex characters and the glorious reading of this novel! Captains and Kings an amazing tale!

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A rich and compelling story.

I watched this as a mini series in the 1970’s and was completely drawn into the story of Joseph Armagh.
I then read the epic story and it has stayed with me my entire life.
The characters and time period 1800- 1910 or so, are richly detailed and you feel as though you are in this drama with Joseph himself.
Susie Bernais does a wonderful job of bringing this complex story to life.
Lastly, this is not what you would call a “happy” story but it is truly a human story and that’s why it is has stayed with me since I was a teen.
Highly recommended indeed!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent

Although this story takes place at the time of the Great Migration mid 1800s ~ the relationships and characters and the challenges they face with government corruption is timeless. The characters are perfectly sketched for the reader, by that I mean they're lifelike with heroic attributes as well as tragic flaws. The main character Joseph is a strong character and Caldwell has the reader rooting for this tough Irishman throughout. I read this book years ago. A movie was also made but was nowhere near as good as the book. I loved the audio presentation here.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

very engaging

gripping story that keeps you engaged the whole way. full of grit and the reality of a young America

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a must read.

this book should be read by every high school senior. a real look at the early 1900.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RE
  • 10-20-20

Interesting

As Timely today as when written. I heard glimpses of the Kennedy's woven into the history a hundred years before.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A sentimental political saga

I liked the story but I felt it could have been shorter. the politics are timeless and reflect in many ways 2019.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LM
  • 08-12-22

The truth sadly continues

This is my first book by Taylor Caldwell though my mother read her voraciously. I am saddened to observe a continuing of what was presented in this book by powerful men and women most unknown and their puppets.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

1972 could be 2022

Yes, the writing is very flowery and more descriptive than we get today. However, it’s a saga with parallels that are strikingly true. It’s a picture of how the world is run and by whom. I hope to watch the mini-series while the tale is still fresh in my mind.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bookaholic
  • Bookaholic
  • 09-03-18

Marathon saga!

This book is a marathon to listen to - but well worth the effort. Excellently researched. Variations on Kennedy family rise from Irish Catholic obscure background, rise in the USA and then assassination. I may have struggled to actually turn the numerous pages in a paper book, but the narrator made the listening so very easy and held my interest even through the technical bits. It might be advisable to jot down names and relationships of some of the more obscure characters as you just never know when they might turn up later.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Cookie
  • Cookie
  • 02-26-17

A Long Slog!!! at first....

Thought i wouldn't make it to the end of this long saga...but I did and was pleased with myself....it was a bit superlative and I thought it really could be shorter...but as it got going the descriptive reading went unnoticed and I began to really enjoy the story of struggle and determination for this Irish family...so stick with it and you will not be disappointed...