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What an amazing story. I picked this up to 'get in the mood' for an upcoming diving trip, but I don't think I'll be deep diving in this lifetime! There were passages in this work of non-fiction had that filled me with more terror and dread than any fictional horror book.
An absolutely fascinating story. I recommend it highly.
The story itself...
Kohler and Chatterton...fearless and relentless
Easy to listen to...Seemed to change expressions to fit the character
When the father and son diving team was kill
It was a excellent experience....
I would absolutely listen to this book again as it paints a wonderful story of three men, John Chatterton, Richie Kohler, and Bill Nagle aboard the Seeker. The book explores the struggles of these men in their personal, professional, and family lives, while exploring their desire to do right by the families of the U-boat crew.
As a diver, the book got me interested in exploring local wrecks along the Jersey shore. I find it exciting that Chatterton and Kohler's lives parallel mine in so many ways.
I would compare this to many military history books. You know the outcome, but want to understand the people that were part of the history, their thoughts and feelings. Despite knowing the outcome, there is always more to understand about the events that lead us to where we are now.
Prichard does a great job in adding character to each voice, helping to differentiate between speakers during conversational portions. He really helps to make the story easier to follow than on paper.
While the personal struggles of Chatterton and Kohler were moving, I was mostly moved by the personal interviews at the end. I sat in the parking lot of my dive shop moved nearly to tears as Chatterton and Kohler discussed the memories of Bill Nagle.
This book is supposedly being turned into a movie for release in 2013. I will seek out the movie in theaters as the book was a fascinating read!
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Shadow Divers is the compelling story of two deep sea divers who stumble upon a U-boat wreck in the early 1990s, and then work to identify the wreck for many years. Their perseverance is laudable, the risks they took were insane, and the costs of their quest were great.
The story telling reminds me of “Into thin air” by Jon Krakauer. Shadow Divers is well researched and provides great detail into the specifics of diving, experiences on specific dives, and how some divers met their fate. As a non-diver, some of it was just too much information for me, but appreciated the level of detail the author sought to convey as it was evidence of the extensive research.
The other lingering thought from this book is that there were U-boats of the American coast. I truly had no idea. While I wasn’t around for WWII, I always believed the war was “over there,” wherever “there” may have been. It was unsettling to me to realize the war was also be brought “here,” and I am grateful for those who served our country during that time and in the generations since.
Before I found audio books, I was not what you would call an avid reader. Now I am addicted.
I never read anything more than once but if that should ever change, Shadow Divers would make the list of the ones that I would rad again.
I'd rather not compare this book with other mainly because I've read so few books in this genre
The voices of the characters were believable and varied from one another so much as to make one forget that only one person was reading.
It made me fear for those divers. I am a diver but I never go deeper than 120 ft
As a diver, I appreciated the technical detail and accuracy as well as the truthful portrayal of the people who do this type of diving.
Mesmerizing, historically accurate
The information regarding wreck diving
The initial discovery of the type of underwater wreck
I listen to books while driving and working out. With this book, I found myself sitting in the driveway not wanting to stop listening! This book is very well written and researched. I really enjoyed the interview with the divers at the end of the book. Make sure you listen to past the author's end notes to get to the interview - it is well worth it. Also, Michael Pritchard did a great job narrating this book.
Amazing story, superbly written, and terrifically performed. My favorite audiobook to date. I'm very glad I decided to listen to the unabridged version as I couldn't get enough of this one.
What makes this book stand out are three things:
1. It is real story
2. Writing style, makes it sound like a novel vs a biographical account. This is especially hard to accomplish with historical books.
3. Story and Characters are equally captivating
The author managed to create suspense and riveting character development.
One of the best stories I have ever experienced!
Although I usually love books that introduce me to the obsessions of others, this book--which seems aimed at men enamored with machines and World War II history--focuses a bit TOO much on tedious details. Spoiler warning: Not much is ever actually discovered in the wreck of the German U-boat itself, which, after the incredible the build-up, was disappointing. I did gain new appreciation for the horrible risks involved in deep-sea diving and serving in the German Navy on a U-Boat assigned to the United States. But I'm sure I'd have been equally enlightened had I chosen the abridged version.