Overly long in the dull parts, too short in the exciting parts. Repetitive. Why a writer can't trust a reader to remember the salient details in a characterization or narrative for more than a page or two is a mystery deeper than any sunken vessel.
One suggestion: A site where Audible subscribers can go to see the images published in the print editions of the books we download. This would have been of tremendous help with this tome, I think.
This was a sluggish account of ordinary guys diving a wreck. I was excited by all the good reviews but really disappointed by the book. The key characters, manly men existing, in this book anyway, in a world devoid of women, drink and go on expensive pleasure wreck diving trips. The goal of this obsessive and dangerous hobby is to both explore and plunder sunken ships. We are supposed to be carried along on an exciting journey of transformation as these manly men discover a sunken submarine (though, the location was given to them by a fisherman), dive it, research it (the idea of going to the library and into the archives is presented as almost as exotic as the dive itself), read some history (and sadly, we are forced to sit through a "docu-drama" about the german crew of the submarine) and ultimately find that diving isn't just about grabbing all the plates you can from the wrecks. Its about, you know, people, and history. And, doing research is hard, and sources can be contradictory. Um, yeah. I felt like I was reading about college freshmen doing a research paper. Its a cool story, but would have been better as a 10-page Vanity Fair article. Stretching it out to a full-length book just didn't work.
I enjoyed the book. It is quite an adventure, and had me on the edge of my driver's seat and doing the cliche "waiting-in-the-garage" listening. Robert Kurson did a great job.
The whole thing, however, has a hollowness and selfishness to it. These guys put themselves ahead of their families and all else for the sake of their hobby. I guess it's not that much different than those who climb Everest, but this deep wreck diving story just doesn't have the same feel as "Into Thin Air". I don't consider these fellows heroes in any sense of the word, even though they were in extremely dangerous situations.
I enjoyed Prichard's reading.
This is a simply fabulous book whether you're into diving or not. A remarkable story, remarkable divers, well researched and well told - I often found myself holding my breath. Watching the video documentary added another dimension but I'm so glad I had read the book first. Thankyou Bill, John and Ritchie (et al) for your effort - and Robert for telling their story.
One of the best non-fiction I've ever read, and I've read alot. I had to keep reminding myself that these events and characters are real! A Great Read!
I listened to this book on a very exciting drive from Mammoth last year, during a fantastic show storm. This story kept me entertained the entire time. As a SCUBA diver and a sometimes too inquisitive individual, I loved the tale. It was a bit long, but then as the Unabridged version, you sort of expect it to be. I have highly recommeneded this book to friends and will continue to do so.
This non-fictional account of two men risking their lives to identify a sunken German U-Boat from WWII is far from excellent. The first half of this book becomes very preachy (as if teaching the reader what to do when diving) and the context is choppy. All throughout Shadow Divers the author leads the reader far off subject for reasons not necessary. Although true, the author continuously describes the characters in such an unrealistic way it discredits the entire story. Furthermore, the author is so repetitive, reading the book seems like an eternity.