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Shadow Divers Audiobook

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

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Woodridge, IL, USA 03-01-07
    Christopher Woodridge, IL, USA 03-01-07
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    "great story"

    great story especially for divers you know about the sport/trade.

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    Thomas Scottsdale, AZ, USA 02-06-07
    Thomas Scottsdale, AZ, USA 02-06-07
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    "Gripping!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was my first purchase through Audible. An incredible true story of perseverance.

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    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 01-02-07
    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 01-02-07 Member Since 2011

    Loving Father

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    "There are better books with fewer stars"

    I love audio books and have been listening to them for over 20 years. This was an average quality book and narration. The writing was factual, but a bit choppy. The narration was dry. I am not saying that this book is bad. I learned quite a bit about deep water diving and the risks involved, but was never really drawn into the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thorkild Zinck Horsens, Denmark 12-13-06
    Thorkild Zinck Horsens, Denmark 12-13-06

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    "Very exciting"

    This book is very exciting - especially the first part - 2nd part is also long but seems a bit too long at times.

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    Sharon Evanston, IL, USA 04-09-06
    Sharon Evanston, IL, USA 04-09-06
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    "Living on the edge"

    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!

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    James claremont, ON, Canada 03-22-06
    James claremont, ON, Canada 03-22-06
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    "A true life adventure"

    Very well read and produced. An amazing treasure hunt with it's share of great characters, tragedy and heroics. Great listen and highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer United States 12-22-05
    Amazon Customer United States 12-22-05 Member Since 2005
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    "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.

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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 09-02-05
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 09-02-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Don't have to know anything about diving to enjoy."

    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.

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    J. Pratt Mount Vernon, WA 08-02-05
    J. Pratt Mount Vernon, WA 08-02-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this book"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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