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4.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 5 4.13 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Kershaw Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Author Alex Kershaw is widely praised for his enthralling nonfiction. In the harrowing war saga Escape from the Deep, he recounts the incredible exploits of the U.S. Navy's deadliest World War II submarine, U.S.S. Tang. From one end of the Pacific theater to the other - dodging mines and depth charges from hundreds of enemy vessels along the way - the 80 men of the Tang became legends. By 1944, they had undertaken more combat actions, including direct surface engagements, and sunk more Japanese ships than any other Allied submarine. Even after the Tang was accidentally sunk by one of her own malfunctioning torpedoes and the nine surviving crewmen were captured by a Japanese patrol boat, their uncommon courage allowed them to persevere through months of inhuman torture before finally being liberated. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Gleason | 2/10/2014

    " Wow! I haven't read a page-turning book about WWII in some time. This is a very well researched amazing story. It opens quite a few doors to other topics/books that are within the book. I can't wait to read Kershaw's other works now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Wombold | 1/26/2014

    " A truely riveting book. Once I started reading this a couldn't stop reading it. This is the true story of perhaps the most highly decorated submarine in the US Navy and it couragious crew. On it's 5th patrol it's last torpedo malfunctions and turns on it with 87 men on board. Read about the harrowing escape and subsequent torture by the Japanese. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting as always to learn about the experiences of "the greatest generation" in World War II. Sad to think how few of them are left. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 12/29/2013

    " I'm obviously not much of a non-fiction person, but my boyfriend gave me this book after he finished it and I ended up being utterly addicted to it! A great book for history fanatics and submarine afficianados alike. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/24/2013

    " True story of only American submarine in WWII to sink and yield survivors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 12/10/2013

    " Another amazing story of survival during WWII, about the nine guys who survived the sinking of the USS Tang, which went down courtesy of her own torpedo in 1944. Amazing bravery, amazing endurance, amazing mental toughness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/19/2013

    " Good, not great. A very interesting story if you have the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/17/2013

    " A well written history of the sinking and survival of the crew of the USS Tang, this book has all the elements of a great sea story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 9/23/2013

    " Men from the "greatest generation" doing what it takes. A good book and a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 9/20/2013

    " A fascinating story about living through an impossible nightmare. I enjoyed it and thought it was good, but not quite as well done as hillenbrand's unbreakable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 7/23/2013

    " Solid and interesting account of the USS TANG and its crew on its last two submarine patrols, the final one into the Formosa Strait, and the experience of nine survivor as POWs in Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 7/22/2013

    " Captivating story of the discovery of a sunken submarine and the search for the victims families. If it weren't for the fact that story jumps around too much and isn't always cohesive I might give this 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 6/3/2013

    " A true story of a submarine crew during WWII--an engrossing, fast read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete Roz | 1/30/2013

    " This was a fantastic history lesson. I'm not a big fan of reading history but this one caught my attention and reminded me of all the heros of World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 8/19/2012

    " Good story of a really exciting, dramatic submarine accident during World War II. I had never heard about the story of the U.S.S. Tang before now. Not much to the writing, but it definitely held my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 3/17/2012

    " And I alway thought Tang had something to do with space. This is a really excellent survival story from WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Larson | 1/28/2012

    " Excellent, exciting, true story about the submarine USS Tang, and how 9 of her crew survived a hit from one of her own torpedoes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 11/9/2011

    " I loved this book. It was like DeMille's Mayday only non-fiction. It was so engaging as an audiobook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/31/2011

    " Why had I never heard this amazing story of the submarine Tang. Incredibly successful in WWII in sinking Japanese ships, she was tragically hit by one of her own torpedos and sunk. How anyone escaped was a miracle : and the first time anyone did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 2/28/2011

    " nonfiction - 1944, a U.S. submarine torpedo malfunctioned and hit its own ship; only half the crew survived; only 9 escaped the ruins and lived "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brigid | 11/5/2010

    " Good, but not epic, story. The writeup makes it sound very tense and thrilling, but I didn't find it so. Not particularly well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 10/27/2010

    " I loved this book. It was like DeMille's Mayday only non-fiction. It was so engaging as an audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 9/20/2010

    " Good book. Amazing how many stories there are from World War 2 that no one has any clue about. Amazing how these guys survived and what they went thru. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jules | 8/10/2010

    " Nearly unbelievable true account of an amazing submarine escape during WWII. A quick read, alternately chilling, inspiring, and bittersweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 8/3/2010

    " Another amazing story of survival during WWII, about the nine guys who survived the sinking of the USS Tang, which went down courtesy of her own torpedo in 1944. Amazing bravery, amazing endurance, amazing mental toughness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 6/29/2010

    " An amazing story of the Tang submarine, and her nine surviving crew. The human will to survive is examined in following the lives of these men as they first escape their torpedoed ship, then somehow endure the depravity of Japanese captors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/19/2010

    " Captivating story of the discovery of a sunken submarine and the search for the victims families. If it weren't for the fact that story jumps around too much and isn't always cohesive I might give this 5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/22/2010

    " True story of only American submarine in WWII to sink and yield survivors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenkunz | 2/18/2010

    " It was alright. I wasn't really connected to any of the men. This is a nonfiction book and the author just took their statements and what happened and put it into a book. It is an interesting story, but its not set like a story. More like a documentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/11/2010

    " Good story of a really exciting, dramatic submarine accident during World War II. I had never heard about the story of the U.S.S. Tang before now. Not much to the writing, but it definitely held my interest. "

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About the Author
Author Alex Kershaw

Alex Kershaw is the British author of several popular books about World War II, most notably the New York Times bestsellers The Longest Winter and The Bedford Boys. Previously, Kershaw has been a writer at the Guardian, Independent, and Sunday Times and has worked in television, writing and producing an award-winning documentary on Bobby Kennedy. Along with his other nonfiction work, Kershaw is also an accomplished biographer. He currently lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks and earned eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards.