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Shadow Divers Audiobook

Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

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Why You Should Download This Audiobook: At the heart of this true story are two larger-than-life characters who risk everything to uncover the wreck of a WWII submarine. It is their relationship, friendship, and loyalty that make this more than just a fascinating account about the world of wreck diving. The narration by Michael Prichard is note-perfect: You actually forget that you are being read to, so you are free to experience this amazing story as though you are underwater with the divers and submariners.

Publisher's Summary

In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew. During that time, three of their colleagues died exploring the wreck, including a father and son team. In 1997, when it all seemed in vain, the two divers came up with a final plan, so dangerous that the book ends with this last dive.

Listen to an interview with Robert Kurson on C-SPAN Booknotes from July 11, 2004.

©2004 Robert Kurson; (P)2004 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2005

"While Kurson doesn't stint on technical detail, lovers of any sort of adventure tale will certainly absorb the author's excellent characterizations, and particularly his balance in describing the combat arm of the Third Reich. Felicitous cooperation between author and subject rings through every page of this rare insightful action narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fascinating look at the sometimes communal, sometimes bitterly competitive psychology of wreck-divers, weekend warriors in wet suits whose dangerous hobby is often an antidote to the frustrations of the workaday world." (Booklist)
"The story told in Robert Kurson's new book features undersea thrills, a gripping mystery, incredible discoveries, true-blue friendship, life-or-death crises and history unfolding....Written with great you-are-there intensity and dynamic verve." (The New York Times)
"From U-boat history to the mortal dangers of diving (disorientation is so common that you wonder only three men drowned on this quest), Kurson explains it all, even as he's spinning a fantastic yarn that happens to be true. All he leaves out are the boring parts." (Newsweek)

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    Ranger C-NM 06-01-11
    Ranger C-NM 06-01-11

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    "Didn't want it to end"

    The story line was great... and taught me a fair amount about diving. It was full of suspense and had pretty good character development. The language used in the 'dialogue between friends' caught me off guard, but once I realized it had significant cursing and swearing... I realized it was a book for my ears only.

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    PCNPCGRL 12-12-10
    PCNPCGRL 12-12-10
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    "Wished that it wouldn't end!!!"

    This book is simply the best audiobook that I can remember. It was engrossing, exciting and had me listening in every waking moment, right up to the end of the epilogue. I just wish that I could find more books of this caliber- it was superb! I recommend it to men, women, divers, non-divers, history buffs and non-history buffs, alike. I wouldn't have ever thought myself interested in WWII history but after following the story of these two men, I have found myself interested in learning more of U-boats and the personalities of those affected at the time. Also really interesting was the male closeness of the two main characters as they divulged the closeness of their friendship in a way not often done in a world that often scorns male intimacy. I found that very appealing and think that other women would as well. These men were brave on so many levels and I relished their story. Brilliantly written and the reading of it was nicely done!!!! Enjoy...

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    Roland Wood Dale, IL, United States 06-12-08
    Roland Wood Dale, IL, United States 06-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I Wish I could give this Book More Stars"

    This is my favorite audiobook.

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    Charles Easton, MD, USA 06-06-08
    Charles Easton, MD, USA 06-06-08
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    "Shadow Divers"

    This was a very good book in the order or Clive Custler. I enjoyed it very much

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    David High River, Alberta, Canada 03-27-08
    David High River, Alberta, Canada 03-27-08
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    "a history worth retelling"

    A simply outstanding, true audio-tale about the culture of deep sea diving that I knew so little about -- but now feel sort of like an expert: the characters are well developed, and the plot moves along well. A story of bravery, fear and also triumph. Well worth the Audible credit!

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    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 01-09-08
    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 01-09-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow."

    I have listened to hundreds of hours of audio books, spanning many genres and interests. This is one of the best ever. The topic was of interest to me anyway, but even so it is a gripping true story told in an incredibly rich and emotional way. The feeling of claustrophobia and danger is quite incredible - done in a way I never thought possible in written form. Excellent narration, great historical detail (though not too much if your not into it). An interview with the two main "characters" is also worth a listen at the end. If you listen to one book this year - do yourself a favour and make it this one!

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    B. Beck PA 12-13-07
    B. Beck PA 12-13-07 Member Since 2007

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    "Couldn’t Stop Listening"

    A five-star experience listening to this book ---excellent, excellent, excellent --- worth the time, worth the credits. I could not wait to continue with the story --- highly recommended.

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    USMarine 08-14-07
    USMarine 08-14-07
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    "Must Have This Book"

    Bottom line is that I never ever answer reviews, but this is the best book I have ever read. I wished it was 40 hours longer.

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    Mark Bellevue, WA, USA 07-18-07
    Mark Bellevue, WA, USA 07-18-07
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    "great but not for 2 credits"

    It is a great book and not much to complain about except that I don't think it lived up to its hype. It is an Audible select, and 2 credits? a bit much. But it is a great book. Just wish it was only 1 credit.

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    David Front Royal, VA, USA 04-20-07
    David Front Royal, VA, USA 04-20-07
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    "Listen to this book!"

    If you dive, listen to this book. If you have any interest in submarines and shipwrecks, listen to this book. Excellent narration and an excellent book. Just the right amount of history to keep the story going without feeling like your in class.

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