I listened to this for my book club. We were all astonished at how spellbinding this adventure was! Never a dull moment, plus we all learned so much about deep sea diving and the true grit one must possess to do this. The story is also an education on U-Boats and how they were used during WWII. I listened to it in my car while I was driving, which I don't recommend because the story is so gripping at times that it totally captures all your attention!
Very well read and produced. An amazing treasure hunt with it's share of great characters, tragedy and heroics. Great listen and highly recommended.
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.