On a quiet Saturday morning in August 2000, two explosions - one so massive it was detected by seismologists around the world - shot through the shallow Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. Russia's prized submarine, the Kursk, began her fatal plunge to the ocean floor. Award-winning journalist Robert Moore presents a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine disaster in history.
Journey down into the heart of the Kursk to witness the last hours of the 23 young men who survived the initial blasts. Visit the highly restricted Arctic submarine base to which Moore obtained secret admission, where the families of the crew clamored for news of their loved ones.
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The author had a horribly great story to tell!
Performance was well done!
-In depth look at Russian secrets and why they guard them. As well as Russian military pay, morale and general conditions.
-Being able to read and understand history that is NOT boring.
-if you are in the Navy, want to be in the Navy or are interested in submarines, stealth and secrecy of them, or just love books on subs.
-Reader made this great book, so much better. Readers make or break books on Audible.
- If you just hate books where real live characters who have actual names die a horrible, tragic death.
(BTW- it's really not that bad and listening to it helps understand the world and tragic death as well as learn Russia.
- if you just really really hate submarines that fall out of the ocean.
God bless the sailors
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
What a great though tragic story now finally being told. I was one of the people around the globe who watched and waited as the Kursk sat on the ocean floor, its submariners trapped but maybe alive.
And they WERE alive.
"A Time to Die" chronicles the explosions that rocked her, the flailing attempts to save her, the international pleas to Russia with offers of help, the rescue that finally becomes a recovery, and the horrific pain caused to the frustrated loved ones. Time and time again, the listener is held helpless as things become more desperate. And where was Putin? (Indeed, the story shows that only a single individual in the entire military chain of command was allowed to contact him directly).
Sometimes frustrating, sometimes sad, but always tense, this is a story worth hearing and will have you on the edge of your seat, even knowing the final outcome.
IF, however, you speed up the narration speed, which is its biggest flaw. I admit, I'm a 1.25x kinda gal, but Pete Cross's sloooow narration had me so itchy I had to hitch it up to 1.5x.
If you can do that, you're in for a tremendous story, well-documented, well-written. The Epilogue is an eye-opener, and the Appendix, with the names of all the men who suffered (and they did suffer, what they faced is documented in all its tragedy), is a fine requiem to them.
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