A simply outstanding, true audio-tale about the culture of deep sea diving that I knew so little about -- but now feel sort of like an expert: the characters are well developed, and the plot moves along well. A story of bravery, fear and also triumph. Well worth the Audible credit!
I have listened to hundreds of hours of audio books, spanning many genres and interests. This is one of the best ever. The topic was of interest to me anyway, but even so it is a gripping true story told in an incredibly rich and emotional way. The feeling of claustrophobia and danger is quite incredible - done in a way I never thought possible in written form. Excellent narration, great historical detail (though not too much if your not into it). An interview with the two main "characters" is also worth a listen at the end. If you listen to one book this year - do yourself a favour and make it this one!
A five-star experience listening to this book ---excellent, excellent, excellent --- worth the time, worth the credits. I could not wait to continue with the story --- highly recommended.
It is a great book and not much to complain about except that I don't think it lived up to its hype. It is an Audible select, and 2 credits? a bit much. But it is a great book. Just wish it was only 1 credit.
If you dive, listen to this book. If you have any interest in submarines and shipwrecks, listen to this book. Excellent narration and an excellent book. Just the right amount of history to keep the story going without feeling like your in class.
This book is rated so highly I couldn't wait to hear it. In this case, the first 10 minutes set the tone for the whole book. Overly melodramatic, the writing is forced to give deep meaning where much less exists. The connections made of characters to their earlier formative life-experiences is grossly strained. The author gives a single minded purposefulness to the characters that is supposed to seem heroic and admirable, but mostly just makes them appear flat, thinly developed, and foolhardy. It is written glorifying a coarse male stereotype of swearing, drinking, being stubborn, crass, and taking risks. As a male, I found this emphasis insulting.
I did finish the book because the story of the extreme diving challenges of exploring and identifying this submarine was captivating. If the book was half its length, and without the strained (and seemingly highly filtered) character development, it could have been great.
The reader's voice is plain and his oratory dull. He uses a German accent for the German characters, but it just doesn't seem to fit right.
I love audio books and have been listening to them for over 20 years. This was an average quality book and narration. The writing was factual, but a bit choppy. The narration was dry. I am not saying that this book is bad. I learned quite a bit about deep water diving and the risks involved, but was never really drawn into the story.