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Kurson's chronicle of an extraordinary deep-sea discovery makes for a captivating audio experience. In 1991, divers John Chatterton and Rich Kohler came across the buried remains of a German submarine just off the coast of New Jersey. Unable to identify the ship and mystified as to its origins, the two men became obsessed with learning where the U-boat came from and what brought it to the bottom of the sea. Although the story's set-up, which comprises most of the first disc, drags, the pace picks up when the partners begin traveling the world, digging up clues. Reader Scott uses character voices but keeps them subdued, even when dealing with the salty language of the seamen. This is a wise move, since there's plenty of drama inherent in the text; lengthy and detailed passages describing deep-water dives, and the horrible things that can go wrong with them, evoke mental pictures that are atmospheric and downright claustrophobic at times. A segment featuring interviews with Chatterton and Kohler rounds out this satisfying audio edition.
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Deep-wreck divers are used to operating with almost no headroom and in zero visibility, navigating by touch alone; it is a compliment to be told "When you die, no one will ever find your body." Despite the dangers, wreck divers are typically weekend warriors, men who leave families and jobs behind to test themselves at two hundred feet down. Kurson's exciting account centers on two divers, John Chatterton and Robert Kohler, who in 1991 found an unidentified U-boat embedded in the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey. The task of identifying it leads them to Germany, Washington, D.C., and the darkest corners of the submarine itself. Some of the most haunting moments occur on land, as when the divers research the lives of the doomed German sailors whose bones they swim among. Once underwater, Kurson's adrenalized prose sweeps you along in a tale of average-guy adventure.
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Excellent book - it is a fascinating book about deep underwater diving that turned into a "page turner" of a mystery.Published 11 hours ago by Mark
This is a spectacularly fantastic book from every point of view that I can think of. Or maybe it's just the right book for me at this time in my life... whatever! Read morePublished 18 hours ago by nancy laleau
Very good. The reality was so tense it could have been fiction.Published 1 day ago by Robert L. Merriam
I don't know how I was introduced to this book, but it happed a couple weeks ago. I believe it was in an Amazon Kindle sale that my Kindle Voyage alerted me to, among a list of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by E. Smith
Bad writing. Really... just bad writing. The nonstop aggrandizement of the divers and the unrelenting use of superlatives to describe everything from haircuts to moral character... Read morePublished 3 days ago by TMS
Best read in a long while. Well written, characters come to life and the story holds the reader clear down to 230 feet.Published 3 days ago by Stephen Cullen
Really keeps you in suspense. Takes you into the action, almost as if you were diving deep into the ship-wreck! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Benjamin Davis
What an amazing story of courage, daring, discovery and adventure. I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Douglas C. Alexander