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Crash Dive Audiobook

Crash Dive: A Novel of the Pacific War

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Publisher's Summary

A WWII naval thriller in the tradition of the Hornblower series....

October 1942 - The United States and the Empire of Japan are at war. Charlie Harrison, a young and ambitious lieutenant, reports for duty aboard the S-55, a worn-out WWI-era submarine. While the Battle of Guadalcanal rages on land, air, and sea, the captain plans a daring attack against Rabaul, the heart of Japanese power in the South Pacific. There, the hunter will become the hunted, and Charlie will discover how good he is at war.

©2015 Craig DiLouie (P)2015 Craig DiLouie

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-04-16
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-04-16 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Gritty realism"

    Craig DiLouie is a new author for me. I understand this book is a new genre for him. He is an award winning horror genre author who has also written some sci-fi books. This is a book of fiction. Our protagonist is Lt. Charlie Harrison fresh out of sub school. Harrison had served several years on a destroyer in the Atlantic Ocean hunting U-boats prior to volunteering for submarines. Harrison reports to the Pacific command for duty on “pig boat” S-55; the crew call her Frankie.

    The book is well written. The pace is fast; the plot is standard for the genre. The characters are most interesting and really make the story. DiLouie places the reader into the old pig boat; you can smell the stale, fuel fumed air and feel the depth charges rattle the boat. The suspense builds constantly throughout the story. As the depth charges rain down, the reader keeps focusing on the boat being old and no longer can go very deep; leaks keep popping up with each shaking of the boat. The story is action packed. I enjoyed the WWII history that is woven into the story. The book is short just under 5 hours. It is a great get away from it all book.

    R. C. Bray does a great job narrating the book. Bray is a stage actor and voiceover artist and is an Earphone Award-winner and Audie-nominated narrator of audiobooks.


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    Sabrena 12-12-15
    Sabrena 12-12-15
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    "Good story, great narration"

    This is mainly a character-driven story with just enough action and strategy to keep the reader reading. The battle scenes are not overly graphic and there
    aren't many. Much of the time is spent describing life on an antiquated submarine.

    As one would expect, R.C. Bray delivers an outstanding performance with this audiobook. It's a good story with great narration.

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    Jonathan R Lestor 12-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thrilling WWII Submarine Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crash Dive to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. RC does an AMAZING job of narrating the book, adding a level of drama and depth that might otherwise be missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action of the story and the pace of the book.


    What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    RC elevates the story to a new level, enhancing the drama and depth of the story through the voices of each distinct character of this fast paced story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Crash Dive and why?

    The depth charges. Hearing the "whoosh, Whoosh, WHOOSH", and "click, click, click", then "BANG"! I was on the edge of my seat listening when the depth charges showed up.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audio book. Really enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Finkelstein Los Angeles 02-08-16
    D. Finkelstein Los Angeles 02-08-16 Member Since 2015

    The Fink

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    "Short Romp under the sea"

    by no means is this an epic tale. adequate story destined for the screen perhaps. RC Bray is superb as usual. just as you begin to learn about the characters the story is sadly over. the author get submariner lingo down pat however and is researched well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Hoover, AL, United States 12-17-15
    Thomas Hoover, AL, United States 12-17-15 Member Since 2016

    Accountant addicted to Audiobooks. I was never a reader until I started my Audible Subscription.

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    "Dive, Dive, Dive!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Awesome store read masterfully by R.C. Bray. lots of great action and showed how men on the sub in WWII would have lived & survived. I finished the book in 4 days during the Christmas season.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crash Dive?

    Attacking the Japanese in there waters


    What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    R.C. Bray is my favorite narrator. I don't typically buy books by author. I look up narrator and R.C. Bray is my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Edge of your seat action


    Any additional comments?

    If you have not looked up R.C. Bray then you need to. Check out Craig DiLouie's title suffer the Children it was also narrated by R.C. Bray.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Lewis 12-17-15
    James Lewis 12-17-15
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    "Short and very sweet. Powerful, dramatic delivery."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crash Dive to be better than the print version?

    I cannot comment. I have not read the printed version.


    What other book might you compare Crash Dive to and why?

    R.C. Bray's narration of Crash Dive ensures that the story reaches its maximum potential for drama and pure entertainment. If you enjoy R.C. on Crash Dive, do yourself a huge favor and give The Martian by Andy Weir a listen.


    Have you listened to any of R.C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I first listened to R.C. Bray performing The Martian. R.C.'s narrations are the gold-standard and I am disappointed by other performers whose works don't measure up.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes a phoenix rises from the depths, not the ashes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 10-09-16
    Jonathan 10-09-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Dilouie successfully crosses genres"

    I have been a fan of Craig Dilouie for sometime. Is writing is both visceral and granular. He truly makes you feel you are there in the story! Strongly recommend this book to any fan of his or any of combat drama! It certainly doesn't hurt that R. C. Bray is the narrator, easily one of the top 5 Readers out there today.

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