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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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    "Great in every way"

    Amazing story, superbly written, and terrifically performed. My favorite audiobook to date. I'm very glad I decided to listen to the unabridged version as I couldn't get enough of this one.

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    Roman A. Kobzarev Lisle, IL USA 05-23-12
    Roman A. Kobzarev Lisle, IL USA 05-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "It reads like an adventure book"

    What makes this book stand out are three things:
    1. It is real story
    2. Writing style, makes it sound like a novel vs a biographical account. This is especially hard to accomplish with historical books.
    3. Story and Characters are equally captivating

    The author managed to create suspense and riveting character development.

    One of the best stories I have ever experienced!

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    "Good--but Wish I'd Chosen the Abridged Version"

    Although I usually love books that introduce me to the obsessions of others, this book--which seems aimed at men enamored with machines and World War II history--focuses a bit TOO much on tedious details. Spoiler warning: Not much is ever actually discovered in the wreck of the German U-boat itself, which, after the incredible the build-up, was disappointing. I did gain new appreciation for the horrible risks involved in deep-sea diving and serving in the German Navy on a U-Boat assigned to the United States. But I'm sure I'd have been equally enlightened had I chosen the abridged version.

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    Allen Plainwell, MI, United States 12-27-11
    Allen Plainwell, MI, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Best audio book to date!"
    If you could sum up Shadow Divers in three words, what would they be?

    Drama, intensity, adventure!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book always kept me on the edge wondering what would happen next. The perfect mix of giving the background of the characters mixed in with the story, presumably accurate factual information, well researched and expertly told. Fantastic book. I found myself working longer hours sometimes just so I could listen to another chapter. You won't regret this one. Buy it!

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    LucyLu 12-23-11
    LucyLu 12-23-11 Member Since 2010

    Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.

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    "One of my favorite listens yet--highly recommend"
    What did you love best about Shadow Divers?

    This is a thrilling story that you will have a difficult time putting down. I love nonfiction, and this is one of those true stories that reads like excellent fiction. Fascinating, fast-paced, great characters, terrific story--you wil not be disappointed with this book!

    Oh--and PS--the interview with the book's author and two main characters is definitely worth listening to at the end.


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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 12-06-11
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Enter the world of Shadow Divers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow Divers to be better than the print version?

    Maybe, never read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Divers?

    Discovering the identity of the mystery U-Boat


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but that was not possible


    Any additional comments?

    Riveting - brings you into the world of Atlantic Wreck Divers

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    Blake BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 11-20-11
    Blake BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "The best adventure story ever told!"

    This book is outstanding! It is one of the best WWII stories I have have ever heard. Please get this audiobook. You will not be disappointed. The narrator is also great. There is a bonus interview with the two main characters at the end of the book that you also must hear.

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    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 11-13-11
    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2015

    Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.

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    "Highly Recommend!!!"

    There are only 2 books that I have listened to more than once.. The Lion's Game... and Shadow Divers. One Fiction and the Other Non Fiction. My Favorite 2 books and I have a about 285 in my library. With at least 1000 that I have read. 10 stars and 5 Thumbs up.

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

    Happy in New Mexico

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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
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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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