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.
My husband and I could not stop listening. We were listening in the car and started taking longer routes to listen to even more. Well told 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.
Intensely interesting, thoroughly engaging story overcomes awful narration (why hire a blaring newsreel monotone when highly sensitive narrative inflection is required?). Get past the voice and the occasional weak prose by a first-time author -- who makes amends by providing a gerth of thoroughly-research facts, representations, and historical context -- and enjoy a great, great listen.
This is a very interesting story and overall it is well told. The author, however, tries a bit too hard to make the prose more "interesting" by adding improbable metaphors and extravagent phrasing where more simple phrasing would do. The result of this "purple prose" is that I often found myself laughing outloud at moments that were intended to be climactic! As another reviewer mentioned, the narrator also leaves a bit to be desired. In summary: a very good story reasonably well told.