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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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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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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-04-12
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2017

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Enlightening and engaging"

    Shadow Divers is the compelling story of two deep sea divers who stumble upon a U-boat wreck in the early 1990s, and then work to identify the wreck for many years. Their perseverance is laudable, the risks they took were insane, and the costs of their quest were great.

    The story telling reminds me of “Into thin air” by Jon Krakauer. Shadow Divers is well researched and provides great detail into the specifics of diving, experiences on specific dives, and how some divers met their fate. As a non-diver, some of it was just too much information for me, but appreciated the level of detail the author sought to convey as it was evidence of the extensive research.

    The other lingering thought from this book is that there were U-boats of the American coast. I truly had no idea. While I wasn’t around for WWII, I always believed the war was “over there,” wherever “there” may have been. It was unsettling to me to realize the war was also be brought “here,” and I am grateful for those who served our country during that time and in the generations since.

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    THOMAS 11-07-12
    THOMAS 11-07-12

    Before I found audio books, I was not what you would call an avid reader. Now I am addicted.

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    "A well-told engaging true story"
    Would you listen to Shadow Divers again? Why?

    I never read anything more than once but if that should ever change, Shadow Divers would make the list of the ones that I would rad again.


    What other book might you compare Shadow Divers to and why?

    I'd rather not compare this book with other mainly because I've read so few books in this genre


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices of the characters were believable and varied from one another so much as to make one forget that only one person was reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me fear for those divers. I am a diver but I never go deeper than 120 ft


    Any additional comments?

    As a diver, I appreciated the technical detail and accuracy as well as the truthful portrayal of the people who do this type of diving.

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    Don Franklin, TN, United States 10-23-12
    Don Franklin, TN, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Really interesting story and well read"
    If you could sum up Shadow Divers in three words, what would they be?

    Mesmerizing, historically accurate


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

    The information regarding wreck diving


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The initial discovery of the type of underwater wreck


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

    Shadow Divers


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    David 08-23-12
    David 08-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "One of the best books I have listened to"

    I listen to books while driving and working out. With this book, I found myself sitting in the driveway not wanting to stop listening! This book is very well written and researched. I really enjoyed the interview with the divers at the end of the book. Make sure you listen to past the author's end notes to get to the interview - it is well worth it. Also, Michael Pritchard did a great job narrating this book.

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    William F. Stasior 05-27-12
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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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    Elizabeth 03-02-12
    Elizabeth 03-02-12
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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! <br/><br/>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

    Simple Joe

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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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