Silent Runnig must be the best book I have listen so far. The author gives enough details to make you feel you are inside the sub and you know most of the crew without losing touch with the bic picture. Its full of action and the narrative is excelent. The audio quality is very good, do not pay any attention to those who criticize it.
A fascinating account of submarine warfare during World War II. I would have given this selection 5 stars were it not for the distracting narration. The narrator has a lisp that for me took an act of will to overlook.
This was a great mix of historical detail and heart-stopping suspense. I have enjoyed watching submarine movies like "Das Boot", "Crimson Tide", or "The Hunt for Red October" but this is the first book I have read/listed to about them. I am glad it was this one because it made me more interested about them. I just really cant say enough about this book.
The readers voice could be better. He has kind of an annoying lisp, but luckily I got used to it and after a while I dont notice it as much.
Overall good listen that puts you soundly in the 1940s pacific theatre. Story and narrative are good, if the language is a bit dainted/quaint for today's environment. Only complaints is the audio quality is all over the place - narration completely sounds like it was recorded in a different room with different equipment from chapter to chapter. This took away from an otherwise fine listen.
This depiction of life at sea and at war on an American submarine in the pacific during 1944 is superb. It's gripping of course, but its also very personal and human at the same time. This is the story of men and machines and there is respect felt for both sides of the struggle for control of the pacific islands. The narrator is very good, I had no problem at all with his reading, in fact I think hes a very good choice for this title and felt he became Jim Calvert in his reading.
There are a few glitches in the recording, bad edits and some levels problems, which from a producer's point of view is simply unacceptable. However, it did not detract me from becoming immersed (no pun there) in this excellent story.
From a non navy guy, this has to be one of the finest navy books ever written, Calvert makes you feel like you're there, tells the big picture and then all the little stories that surround it and make it human.
Truly a great book.