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Download The Keeper's Son Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (286 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Hickam Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN:
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On the outer banks of the Carolinas in 1941, fishermen and a few lonely sailors constitute the human population. Dominating the rough yet beautiful landscape is the majestic Killakeet Lighthouse, run for generations by the Thurlow family. But Josh Thurlow, the lighthouse keeper's son, has forsworn his heritage to become the commander of a small Coast Guard patrol boat. Tortured by twenty years of guilt for losing his brother at sea, Josh still searches for him, even while a looming wolf pack of German U-boats threatens to decimate the shipping lanes off the coast. One of the U-boats is captained by a hardened Nazi, Otto Krebs. But Captain Krebs may bring ashore more than the war; he may also have the answer to Josh Thurlow's quest. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 2/8/2014

    " Found this book to be very interesting. I had known in a vague way of the U-2 boats in the American waters but did not know as much as was told in this book. It was difficult to put the book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting book 1 in the Josh Thurlow series. Action and humor in a historical context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/18/2014

    " Fascinating read from a historical standpoint. Tells the story of German U-Boats off the coast of North Carolina during World War II and the damage that they caused. Always interesting to learn about things that usually don't pop up in our high school history textbooks. While I knew they were there, I had no idea that over 400 ships were destroyed. Amazing characters, both American and German, though the love story is hokey and completely unnecessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 1/14/2014

    " His books are a better written version of Clive Cussler. Engaging, fun historic fiction. I'm hooked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 1/3/2014

    " Very slow. In fact I skipped to the ending just to put myself out of misery. Would not reccomend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 11/26/2013

    " Although this book was a little hokey it did contain interesting info about U boat activity on the East Coast during WW2. 3.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahb. | 11/19/2013

    " As soon as I sterted this book, it felt familiar. I realized I'd read it long ago, but I wanted to finish it again, because it is such a neat book with a great ending! Lots of NC coastal history, a good summer read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/16/2013

    " Good read, WW2, German U boats and a mystery along the way. Tale of loss and discovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ssigmonc | 11/12/2013

    " I had seen October Sky and decided to read this based on how much I enjoyed the movie... It was very good. Based on that book, I've picked up another of his books, Dinosaur Hunter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Amadori | 5/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I liked the setting along the NC coast, the characters who lived on Killakeet and the mystery of Jacob who was lost. I was interested to learn about the U-boat attacks on the US during WWII and look forward to reading more about that, as well as the sequels to this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 4/26/2013

    " No rockets this time, well almost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/24/2013

    " I'm a sucker for a WWII book anyway, but this one was exceptional. Great story, little known history, vivid descriptions which were not tedious, and it kept me reading four hours straight to finish last night--and I'm not on vacation! Can't wait to read the sequel and others by Homer Hickam. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 3/5/2013

    " It was a romantic, historical page turner. I found the ending disappointing. I don't like cliff hangers. I wonder if I will find out the ending if I read the rest of the series or if the whole series leaves questions unanswered? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 2/20/2013

    " A novel by Homer Hickam. OK, not great but an easy read. Takes place on North Carolina coast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billie | 4/17/2012

    " Audio book car trip. We thoroughly enjoyed the Ambassadors Son (which we got first, not knowing it was part of a series). The reader was different this time, but still enjoyable. I recommend the series of 3 on Audio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/15/2012

    " Good start to an okay series. I bought it because I liked his Rocket Boys biographical novel and find that I also enjoy his fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hal | 1/15/2012

    " good way to pass the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/30/2011

    " This was interesting in terms of life on a submarine and life living on an Island in the Atlantic but otherwise not that believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Audio recording was confusing so I actually started reading at the half-way point in the book. Didn't notice until I was getting to the end. It was all I needed to read. First half must have been all fluff. Last half was a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 12/12/2010

    " His books are a better written version of Clive Cussler. Engaging, fun historic fiction. I'm hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/24/2009

    " This was interesting in terms of life on a submarine and life living on an Island in the Atlantic but otherwise not that believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 6/21/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. I liked the setting along the NC coast, the characters who lived on Killakeet and the mystery of Jacob who was lost. I was interested to learn about the U-boat attacks on the US during WWII and look forward to reading more about that, as well as the sequels to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hal | 5/7/2009

    " good way to pass the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 2/2/2009

    " Good start to an okay series. I bought it because I liked his Rocket Boys biographical novel and find that I also enjoy his fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 7/28/2008

    " Good read, WW2, German U boats and a mystery along the way. Tale of loss and discovery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 6/26/2008

    " A novel by Homer Hickam. OK, not great but an easy read. Takes place on North Carolina coast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 6/5/2008

    " Interesting book 1 in the Josh Thurlow series. Action and humor in a historical context. "

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About the Author
Homer H. Hickam Jr. is the author of the bestselling The Keeper's Son and many other books, including The Coalwood Way and Sky of Stone. He and his wife and cats share their time between homes in Huntsville, Alabama, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.