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Silent Sea

Silent War, Book 2
Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
Series: Silent War, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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As they listened to the death throes of their sister ship Mako sinking in the Pacific where the waters were six miles deep, the crew of USS Eelfish suddenly came of age. They were a new breed: a brand-new fleet submarine crewed by draftees and reservists. Hidebound regular Navy officers believed they wouldn't fight. But fight they did with reckless abandon, proving themselves on two fronts - against the Japanese at sea, and against their own Admirals, who clung to outmoded concepts of how to wage war under the sea.

This true-to-life novel moves at breathtaking speed from the invasion of Guadalcanal through the battle of the Philippine Sea and to the coast of Japan. By the end of the war, submarines such as Eelfish had so tightened the noose of naval blockade around Japan that the enemy was finished as an industrial nation, unable to fight effectively.

But American submariners paid dearly for their victories. One out of every five men who went to sea in submarines in the Pacific died in combat, the highest percentage of any branch of the US Armed Forces. This is a novel about their exploits, how they fought, how they loved, and how they died, written by a man who was there.

©1981 Harry Homewood (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-18-19

A great submarine saga

Over the years I have read a number of Harry Homewood’s submarine stories. He is one the great authors of World War II submarine stories. In this story our protagonist is Captain Mike Brannon who is in command of submarine USS Eelfish.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. Homewood was a WWII submariner; therefore, his stores are realistic. The book was first published in 1981. Homewood not only provides great dramatic action but educates the reader about navy politics and history during WWII in the pacific theatre. The author is a master storyteller. If you are interested in WWII naval action, this book is for you.

The book is nine hours and eleven minutes. Corey M. Snow does a good job narrating the book. Snow is a voice-over artist and full-time audiobook narrator. He served as a paratrooper in the 82 Airborne Division.

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awesome

This is a great adaptation of the naval war.historical accurate but a bit corny about there personal lives,still a great story.

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Lousy narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe. The narrator ruined the good fiction for me with his constant rapid dialogue and portraying all commanding officers as very excitable men which they certainly are not.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Slowed his delivery down to a more nearly normal pace. I suspect he is normally a fast talker but fast food drive through speech speed gets pretty wearing especially when the writer has the excitement covered with his writing skills. The delivery speed was wearing enough that I had to take breaks from the book to allow my ears to rest. My mind kept wondering if he was going to ask me if I wanted "fries with that". Again Commanding Officers cannot lead men if they themselves are excitable.

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

A good narrator could have made me cry at some of the things that happened particularly when Mako was sinking.

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Solid WWII Submarine action!!

Demonstrates solid knowledge of the challenges facing US Submariners in WWII. Mr. Snow is did an ok job, but seemed a little unpolished.

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I could not stand the narrator shouting!

This might have been a good book, I'm not sure. I could not tolerate the narrator SHOUTING the dialogue.

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Corny But Serviceable Submarine Story

Narration: clear, melodramatic. "Cornflakes without the excitement"

Story: Predictable, but serviceable.

Content: Interesting explanations of WW2 submarine weaponry and its proper employment.

There are better WW2 naval audiobooks but this one will do in a pinch.

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Robert's Review

Book 2 is great, continuing from where book 1 left off.
Great story line, great NARRATIVE.
A must have for your collection.

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  • Reg Brost
  • 10-31-17

Entertaining yarn.

A little loose with the realities of submarine warfare but nonetheless keeps the attention of the listener with a fast pace and interesting story. A mix of factual background and fictional storyline puts a lot of gloss on what was often a mundane and routine life for a submariner between chances for action.