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The Last Dive Audiobook

The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths

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Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.

Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver and a close friend of the Rouses, explores the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving, including its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and gruesome tragedies. By examining the diver's psychology through the complex father-and-son dynamic, Chowdhury illuminates the extreme sport diver's push toward - and sometimes beyond - the limits of human endurance.

©2000 Bernie Chowdhury (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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    "Who's Last Dive"

    This book seem to be more about the author and his embellished accomplishments then the Rouses. His speculation on what they did on their last dive was almost comical seeing his wasn't even there. Hearing the narrator take deep breaths at every sentence made this a painful book to listen to.

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    Carl Schumann 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Misleading title"

    I enjoyed this book, but it has much content unrelated to the Rouses' deaths or even their life. The author frequently writes of himself, which can still be interesting. There is a factual disagreement with Shadow Divers about whom to evacuate by Coast Guard helicopter. Not sure which book to trust.

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    Howard Houchen 06-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Good Book!"

    Loved every paragraph of every chapter. The author writes about somewhat technical details of sport diving in ways that explain while capturing attention.

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    Greg Grant Seattle, WA USA 04-21-17
    Greg Grant Seattle, WA USA 04-21-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story destroyed by a heavy breather"

    A great review and story of people and their willingness to encounter fear and the potentially fatal. Made me do some self reflection. Great read.

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    Frogman 11-28-16
    Frogman 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "must read for divers"

    Excellent book about diving and the tragedy of Chris and Chrissy. This book explains the dangers of deep wreck diving and the history of the sport.

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    Karbush 08-17-16
    Karbush 08-17-16
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    "Well Written and Engaging"

    Very engaging--I never lost interest. Thorough --if you like adventure stories you will like this and learn a lot about diving. Narration was ok but you could hear him taking deep breaths before reading which was kind of weird. I highly recommend this book.

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    "Great Story."

    This book does a great history of the family and the kind of decision making that ended, ultimately, in tragedy.

    Especially recommended for divers but not exclusively.

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