Yes, yes, the narrator has a lisp, and who knows why he was chosen, but it's not distracting and the details and storytelling are top notch. If you've ever wanted to be aboard a WWII sub from training days to the heart of battle, this is a great book. High recommended.
After listening to William Tuohy's "The Bravest Man" I didn't think I would ever find a submarine story that would insight the same emotions. I was wrong. "Silent Running" had me inside a WWII sub with my heart in my stomach. I felt the grief and elation from the relationships that Mr. Calvert made durring his tour of duty on the two submarines he spent so much time on and at the ports of call he visited. A wonderfull story.
As a fan of anything to do with submarines, I really enjoyed this riveting tale and could hardly put my iPod down until it was finished. The human side of the story is wonderfully told and the reader is excellent. This talking book is highly recommended.
This is a really great story about the submarine service in WWII. What I found to be really interesting was the author's (Admiral Calvert) total honesty in terms of openly criticizing his professional and personal actions during the war. Can't say I've seen that before.
At the beginning, I was a bit annoyed with the reader (for the same reasons listed by others) but the story rises above the narration and I got so that I could just go with the flow. It didn't bother me going forward.
I cannot believe Blackthtone hired thith reader for thith book. He hath a VERY pronounthed lithsp, which to my ear wath hard to get pathed. It maketh you realithe how prominent the "s" thound ith in the Englithh language. The sthtory itthelf is exthellent. I'd recommend reading thith one in hard copy; at leastht lithten to a long thample before you buy, to thee if you can thand the lithpths.
Book was intended to be one Account of the war. And this is what that is. The book provides a single submarine officer's account of their actions and view of World War II. Very little Is included about how this fits into the greater war and thus becomes quite repetitive. Each attack seems the same as its impact on the over campaign is the Pacific is largely unknown or unmentioned. Again, this is what the book was advertised as being and it follows through on that promise. It is worth a read but not my favorite on the subject of the Pacific war.
Having helped design several classes of nuclear subs I was very intetested in learning about the early years of submarine warfare. I'm glad I chose this book as one of my tutors.
Say something about yourself!
Evokes the sense of purpose, risk and camaraderie that members of the Silent Service experienced during WW II.
Dick O'Kane's autobiography about his time in WW II submarines.
Narration was okay, sometimes got a bit flat in the reading.
A good listen for any fans of military history. Submarine warfare played a key role in WW II history, but is not as publicized as the great sea battles in the Pacific and Atlantic. Another great book is "Das Boot" which gives the German perspective on the often grueling and grim lives of submariners in the wartime years.
It's a solid listen, especially for those interested in WW II naval warfare.
The narrator was competent and relayed events in a way that while not flashy, got the job done. The weakness came in the inconsistency of the recording. There were times where it sounded very 'spliced' with sound varying and the narrator's tone shifting. Sometimes for only for a sentence or two, and sometimes for a minute or two.
I enjoyed listening to the tales the author (James F Calvert) relayed based on his experiences aboard the USS Jack, and some of his experiences on shore, including the Tokyo visit near the end of the book.