I really enjoyed this book and even did some extra study on U boats afterward. The reader isn't great and there are a few parts that drag. But, overall, it is a good book, informative and intriguing.
You don't have to know anything about diving to enjoy this non-stop adventure. Early in the book the author pauses to descibe a typical deep-sea, shipwreck dive and the incumbent dangers. This helps make the diving sequences more meaningful to the non-diver.
I like particularly how the persistent divers conduct research in many places to uncover the identity of the U-Boat they have discovered, all the while proving the history accounts to be in error. It is a fine lesson in the value of going back to original documents and not relying on building upon others' (sometimes fallible) conclusions. This is a lesson many history "experts" would do well to learn.
This book was great. Definitely get the unabridged version of this title.
The only part of this book I did not enjoy at all was the narration. He has got to be one of the most dull, monotone narrators ever!
I was worried at the start because the narrator's voice is rather monotonous and he uses little inflection. The book was quite involving and interesting though, and I forgot about the narrator when the story got rolling.
My interest in diving, submarines and WWII is limited, and I really dislike the narration of Michael Prichard (droning newsreel monotone) yet I was still captivated by this true life adventure. Actually this may be the most appropriate material for Prichard's voice, but I'd still love to hear it read by Scott Brick or George Guidall. Great writing apparently can overcome bad reading.
I have always been an adventurer and I felt that this audio book actually made me feel like I was there. I am a scuba diver and have done a few dives to wrecks in warm water. Diving off the NJ coast in great depths is a different world . The danger of diving in wrecks was brought alive to the reader. I loved this book.
I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
I read the Last Dive about the father and son team that died on this u-boat. It was a fascinating story of obsession, just as this one is. These divers go to great depths for different reasons but many don't survive. I liked the scenarios of the different men in WW II particularly the German u-boat men. Das Boat in German is a great movie about the life that these men lived and died. This book added a great deal of the background for the era. A great listen.
This book will hold your attention from the opening paragraph to the final author interview. If you dive, you can well imagine yourself decending into the cold water of the north Atlantic. The characters come to life and the author does a good job of describing both the modern day wreck diver and the life of a U-boat sailor.
[Ship]wreck diving is not for the faint of heart and this book expertly captures that frighting, fascinating world and those who are drawn to (obsessed by?) it.
John Chatterton and his diving enemy-turned-partner, Richie Kohler, dive a sunken WWII German U-boat (dubbed the "U-Who" until they finally ID it) off the New Jersey coast. Through 3 dive crew deaths (!), two failed marriages, and numerous harrowing, narrow escapes they relentlessly go back to the mystery sub for several YEARS looking for evidence from which to identify the vessel. Soon they are caught up in the real world of historians, artifacts, documents and oral accounts to ultimately to prove the WWII records wrong and correctly identify the sub.
Kohler, in particular, feels compelled to uncover the story of the German sailors who (all) died when the ship sank and his personalization of their WWII lives is moving. (As long as you don't think too much about the fact they were killing Americans.)
As Chatterton and Kohler get closer and closer (over several years) to identifying the sub, the suspense builds. It climaxes on the last dive during which Chatterton (250 feet underwater) nearly dies twice. Gripping stuff.
My only complaint: the author dwells a bit too long on the "mystical" or philosophical angle to this hunt. However, he did have a good quote from Chatterton: "Excellence is born of preparation, dedication, focus, and tenacity," a prescription Chatterton followed religiously in his pursuit of wreck diving excellence.
... but you'll never get me to voluntarily experience narcosis at 200 ft.
Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There
I found myself taking special trips in my car to finish this book! The best book I have downloaded so far. From the technical detail of deep wreck diving to the history of U-Boats and their crews, this book is first rate. The best compliment I can give the book is that it will be required reading for both my teenage sons.