Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
From the start Michael Prichard narrates this story of discovery, danger and adventure of a Nazi Kreig Marine U-Boat found off the coast of New York in about 70 metres of water with style and belief. The depth is dangerous and not to mention unexploded ordinance, this comes across with Michael Prichard use of language and Robert Kurson's writing style.
I love this book so much I bought the hard copy, passed it onto my brother in-law; who is a professional scuba diver with a DVD documentary covering the subject and he couldn't put it down, in fact he read it in a one night sitting. He knows his stuff and said this is not only real but inspirational for 'treasure hunters' of the deep blue sea.
Can't recommend this book enough. Do yourself a favour and listen to a yarn that will make you feel like getting your feet wet, donning the rubber and searching for lost Nazi submarines.
A very riveting book about two deep-wreck divers who risk everything to solve the mystery of a U-boat (German submarine) that they found off the coast of New Jersey. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. It really was very suspenseful for a non-fiction book, and addicting writing and narration.
Not many books ignite my passion for the story, but this one quickly became a favorite. I was glued to the story. It had all the elements of suspense that a nonfiction mystery novel would've had. The writing was surprisingly fluid and descriptive without becoming bogged down with detail. I learned so much about not only wreck diving,but history.
I loved the reverence that the divers paid to the men whose bodies lay deep in the ocean trapped in the war sub. Their personal stories and how they solved a mystery and found the families of young men drowned on a U-Boat. So dangerous diving 230 feet in the ocean.
I would sometimes sit in the car and not come in for a few minutes, just so I could hear more.
audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world
Knowing it was a true story and true history being told by the people that made this history
When they finally realized what they found
I enjoyed everyone as I really like the story telling of Michael Prichard. He always does a wonderful and masterful job
YES! I did not want to stop and wanted more when it was over
at the end of this true story the Author interviews the two men that made history and that interview is very good and very detailed and adds so much more to this already great true historic story.
This book just gets your imagination flowing! The narrator's performance was outstanding. The characters are clear and there is never any confusion as to who is speaking. The author Has done a great job of taking the reader along his journey. Shadow divers has it all, Suspense mystery, excitement, and a good plot twist. I will definitely be reading this again in six months. If you want a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat then i strongly recommend shadow divers!
Yes. why? so I can catch the few pieces of information that I missed while driving.
the finding of the sub
yes. unfortunately, he changed pitch between readings. But that was not insurmountable.
Very informative and exciting. I felt like I was with them on their discovery. Would highly recommend for and adventure in real life book.
First off let me say that I am a little biased being a scuba instructor who dives the North Atlantic. Even still this audiobook is a great read for history buffs of World War II, U Boat enthusiasts, and adventure seekers. I love the way Robert Kurson makes it easy for non scuba divers to understand the danger that these men faced diving the depths and place where this u boat wreck lies. Kurson does a good job of weaving John Chattertons, Richie Kohler's and the history of the u boat in the book.
The Last Dive because it is also the story of Chris and Chrissy Rouse. Two divers who (spoiler alert) who die diving the U Boat in Shadow Divers.
The accents that Michael Prichard uses makes the characters come to life.
When the u boat is identified.
I have been an audible member for about a year and a half. My husband likes to listen to books but only during road trips. I picked this one because I thought it would appeal to both us since he is a diver and I enjoy books that have a history element.
This book did not dissapoint. It is an interesting story that always kept us engaged. My husband loved it. He could really appreciate all of the diving parts and would explain some things that I didn't understand so that I could appreciate it more also (even though you don't have to know anything about diving to enjoy the book) I have read some fiction books that mention Uboats off the East coast, but really didn't know much about it. This book makes me want to find more nonfiction books to learn more.
Since I have made listening the way that I "read" books now, I have really honed in on good writers and good narrators and I am sure that my husband would say that I have high expectations, however, I thought both the narrator and the writer were just ok. The narrator didn't detract from the book, but neither did he enhance the experience. The writing was just ok also. There were a lot of times throughout the book where I felt there were too many descriptive words added. My sense was that the author felt he had a really good story here, but would add a lot of stuff to it so that it would be long enough for a book.
Overall, it was a good road trip book.
The layout of the story telling switching between past and present really helped to break up the "technical" sections. While I really enjoyed the technical diving sections, I liked the flashback to explaining the people in the story. Great mix.
One the dive when the divers realize what they are looking at, the story telling was in such a way I could almost hear myself breathing underwater. It was absolutely beautiful.
I haven't listened to other performances (that come to mind), but I will be looking for others by Prichard. I did find I had to listen at least 1.5x or faster as his pace is a little bit slow. However, I wouldn't consider that a negative. I'd prefer someone who reads a bit slower since I can easily speed it up (or down) depending on my current activity.
As the guys come to grips with the gravity of what they were doing, so did I. I found myself feeling the same emotions the divers were feeling.
Not the normal kind of book I pick up, but wow, I am glad I did. Absolutely worth the time. I knocked the story 1 star because some of the back story was just a little bit too deep. I had to listen at 3x through those sections to get back to the excellent writing on the diving.
Yes .... certainly underwater and WWII history buffs like me
Real danger and courage, history and intrigue
unabridged version has detailed life history of dozen or so WWII individuals ...... I expect abridged version cut those parts short .... which I would have preferred