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Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Kurson Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.

But in the fall of 1991, not even these courageous divers were prepared for what they found 230 feet below the surface, in the frigid Atlantic waters 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey: a World War II German U-boat, its ruined interior a macabre wasteland of twisted metal, tangled wires, and human bones all buried under decades of accumulated sediment.

No identifying marks were visible on the submarine or the few artifacts that Chatterton and Kohler brought to the surface. No historian, expert, or government had a clue as to which U-boat the men had found. In fact, the official records all agreed that there simply could not be a sunken U-boat and crew at that location.

Over the next six years, an elite team of divers embarked on a quest to solve the mystery. Chatterton and Kohler, at first bitter rivals, would be drawn into a friendship that deepened to an almost mystical bond of brotherhood. As the men's marriages frayed under the pressure of a shared obsession, their dives grew more daring, and each realized that he was hunting more than the identities of a lost U-boat and its nameless crew.

Author Robert Kurson's account of this quest is at once thrilling and emotionally complex. The story of Shadow Divers often seems too amazing to be true, but it all happened, 230 feet down, in the deep blue sea.

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Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jan | 2/12/2014

    " Fascinating account--read like fiction, but it was a true story! Anyone who likes mysteries would love this book. I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Krista | 2/12/2014

    " Such an interesting tale of the dangers and amazing finds in deep sea diving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Amanda | 2/10/2014

    " Entertaining, engrossing read about divers who discover a U-boat off the coast of NJ, their lives, and their search to discover the identity of the boat and the men who perished aboard her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Chrysanthe Longman | 1/20/2014

    " Not a book I would typically read. It was assigned to my daughter as summer reading and we got the audiobook. I listened to this on my way to work and really got into it. I think the fact that it is a local story also helped to make it more interesting. John Chatterton and Robert Kurson also spoke at out high school about their experiences and the writing of the book. The book was a little slow at times, but overall fascinating. "

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