I hesitated to jump into this book as I expected it to be on the dry side. I was wrong! This is easily the best book on tape I've ever heard. It kept me riveted the whole way through. I found myself making up reasons for small car trips so that I could listen to more of it! Even the portions of the book where there is a lot of research going on are exciting because of all of the discoveries that are made. Once you understand things the way the divers do it makes each trip to the wreck much more exciting!
This is the abridged version. Dont waste your time with it. Get the UNABRIDGED! It is available on Audible with same great narrator!!
This is an Amazing Story that doesn't translate to abridged format. I listened to this and couldn't understand what the fuss was about. I was not drawn in to the story at all and stopped a little more than halfway through.
But I heard another adventure/survival author refer to Shadow Divers as one of the greatest adventure stories. So I purchased the unabridged yesterday. Except for sleep, I haven't stopped listening since I started it. (Kept me up until 4am.)
Even having listened to most of this version, I felt I had never heard the story before. Crucial elements are left out, involving the motivations and backgrounds of the divers, dangers of such diving, and the chemistry of the main team. It's these personal details that set the stage and move this narrative. I ended up just as interested in identifying the wreck as they were.
Whereas, in this version I could not understand why an American cared about an enemy WWII sub. These are horrible nazis. Who cares about their wreckage, except to be thankful that they did not succeed?! The unabridged version broadens that simple-minded perspective!!! (Some of the personal details and stories of the main divers are so fascinating that I would read a book about them alone...)
Unabridged has the same narrator, and he's great.
This version just doesn't do the story justice!!
The book starts out with some overly melodramatic writing - so much that I was tempted to abandon it. But I stuck with it, and either the writing got better, or I ceased to notice.
Once the action starts, the book is wonderful. It really makes you feel like you're 200 feet down with the divers, as the explore the wreck. Now I'm wishing that I purchased the unabridged version.
Awesome book! I think this is a great book. I love how the history came alive. The reader did a great job. The one bad thing is the "F" word is used multiple times. I have a 16 year old that would love the book, but can't listen because of this.