This is a book hat holds your interest from the start. If you are familiar with the New Jersey shore where this mystery unfolds makes it that more interesting, and the background on the main characters is superb. This is a read that is hard to put down.
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This incredible true adventure is one of my favorite Audible listens.
The diving scenes are tense, and I found myself holding my breath each time they dove to 230 feet to explore the boat. Searching the boat must be done with extreme care due to the depth, but also the danger of getting trapped inside where there is debri that could fall at the wrong touch. Added to the danger, they take care not to disturb the remains of the men who perished on the boat.
However, most of the story is above water, about two dedicated men who will not give up until they find out the mystery of the boat found off the coast of New Jersey. This takes them almost 7 years to wade through the red tape and brick walls that seem to interfere at every turn.
John Chatterton and Richie Kohler become almost obsessed with their quest to find out the name of the WW II U-Boat. It takes over their lives so completely that they both eventually lose their marriages.
Amazingly only three men in Chatterton's dive group lost their lives while attempting to get identification off the boat. In such deep waters, they could only stay down about 30 minutes per dive, or risk getting Narc'd -resulting in extreme confusion and bad decisions which could cause a rise too quickly to the surface. This is where the term "the bends" comes from- and is so painful that one of the men begs to be shot rather than endure it.
I really like the narrator as well. His voice didn't distract from the story, which almost is told like a documentary. Worth the credit.
The research and writing that went into this book makes it more than an adventure book, more than a history book and more than a great scuba diving book. Yes, I remained in my car and didn't mind traffic, because I wasn't in traffic. I was diving off the east coast on a U-boat in 200 feet of water. The narrator's delivery was pitch perfect. This has motivated me to get back into scuba, but I will not be going to the depths of these individuals. Great book.
Shadow Divers is riveting. It is even more amazing because it is a true story. Michael Prichard's reading makes it impossible to stop reading.
Chatterton and Kohler are my new heroes. These two along with other brave divers unraveled a true mystery and rewrote history in the process.
I had never heard this story. My reading about WWII centered on the European theatre. This book piqued my curiosity to read even more widely.
The book is very well written. It's style pulls the reader in by laying out the dangers of deep sea diving, introducing you to the players and allows the mystery to unfold nearly as it must have unfolded for these men and women. It does not hold back on the foibles of any of the characters. It does not hold back on how unforgiving deep diving is.
Michael Prichard's delivery is masterful. I am mesmerized by his delivery of Kurson's text. If there are awards for narrating audio books, I hope Prichard won all of them for this performance.
I've been an Audible member for 18 months. This is the best book to date. Thank you Robert Kurson for how you told the tale of this U Boat. Thank you Michael Prichard for your truly unmatched delivery. Thank you Chatterton, Kohler and the others for risking everything to bring this story to the world. Thank you Audible.
I'd been listening to Leo Laporte's various podcasts on TwiT. A number of his shows are sponsored by Audible. Leo and his guests are generally quite enthusiastic about Audible and it was listening to this endless gushing that prompted me to sign up. I was not disappointed.
'Shadow Divers' had been mentioned a number of times on those podcasts. I'd always been fascinated by submarines and oceanography. Films like 'The Hunt for Red October' and 'Das Boot' are favourites. This reading brings the people and settings of this story vividly to life. I feel as though I have really learned something while being deeply entertained. The fact that this really happened... 'Shadow Divers' could easily be a movie or a mini-series.
wow. Since reading this book I've recommended it to about 8 people and they actually thank me for telling them. I love non-fiction and this is simply amazing. Get it......and thank me later.
A truly great book, meticulously researched and well narrated. The author vividly describes wreck diving culture, but the book excels in bringing the man on board of the sunken U-Boot, and their historic background back to life. So while i bought this audiobook to better understand wreckdiving and see if this might be fun, it really is a book that everybody with an interest in adventure and history is bound to like. The extensive research behind this book makes the bravery of both the divers and the U-Boot crew both more obvious and believable. A great audio book, made even better through the final section, where the author gets back together for an interview with some of the stories main characters, which just seems to bring you that much closer to the story. My only complaint about this book as a native german speaker is the frequent mispronounciation of German words and the sometimes strange imitation of german accents, other than that the narrator does a good job though.
I couldn't wait until the next time I could listen! The author has a way of incorporating the necessary technical details to keep you informed and wanting more. The narrator was pleasant too. (didn't take away from the story in any way). Whether you are into scuba, history, or just like to be entertained, I highly recommend this book. There is an epilogue and interview with Chatterton and Kohler at the end of the book which are great too.
I've listened to a number of titles through Audible but this story is the one that has really hooked me on audiobooks. Despite the long length of the unabridged version, it was worth every minute and I found myself regretting there was nothing left to hear at the end of the book. This is a great listen for anyone who likes both history and a mystery. The narration is excellent and the story maintains a "tension" throughout. Add this to your wishlist!
This book is well deserving of the hype! I couldn't get to the store fast enough to get the Das Boot DVD which I had seen in the past and I can't wait to get back to Chicago and the sub at the museum last visited 10 years ago with the kids. I will probably have to go through several times myself as did Mr Kurson.