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
Listening on the run : )
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story and I think the author did a great job of bringing the story to life. The narrator was perhaps the best part of the book. His voice was just perfect for the rough old captain of the Seeker, Bill Nagle, and his tone changed perfectly for the other characters.I highly recommend this to people who enjoy adventure stories because this book has no shortage of it. Great Book!
This was a really good listen. When I first hit play, I was somewhat taken aback by the quality of the recording, but I realized this was an earlier recording most likely transposed to digital media. Once I was over that surprise, the listening was easy. The narrator read at a somewhat slower pace than I’m used to, but was clear and concise.
The story itself was well done, but will appeal to a specific audience. As with most works of non-fiction, don’t get this if you’re looking for a Hollywood experience. This is real life. In this story, real life is fascinating enough, and knowing that real people perished on this adventure makes the story all the more relevant.
I recommend this book to anyone seeking real life adventures. If you’re interested in the unknown, history, and exploring, this will appeal to you.
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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.