Right off the top, let's level-set our expectations:
This is not high literature. You will not find this on the same shelf as classics in American lettRight off the top, let's level-set our expectations:
This is not high literature. You will not find this on the same shelf as classics in American letters. It is written in an an anthropomorphic style that might be off putting to some. The story itself is a predictable and maudlin.
Ok, got that? now grab a chair, and a nice cool glass of lemonade, and sit by the pool and enjoy this book, because it is fantastic.
Enzo, the dog in question, is awesome. He's cooler than many humans you know. The author manages to capture what, I would think, any smart dog would do: Insanely loyal, defensive of his master, idolizing of humans, and at the same time striving to be more than just a dog.
I find myself struggling to review this book, because all that I could say, already has been said.
After the box office smash movie that was made faitI find myself struggling to review this book, because all that I could say, already has been said.
After the box office smash movie that was made faithfully to this book, featuring some of the best actors of our day, you've seen it. You know the memes. You know the first two rules of fight club before even cracking the cover.
You probably even have made up your mind on this. You hate it. You love it. Very few people are in the middle ground.
so instead I have to discuss the mechanics of the book.
The writing style used by the author is terse and sharp. He uses as few words as possible to deliver the point and does this at times sounding like as two different people. This does help the reader into the duality of the character. The chapters follow the same pattern as the book itself. starts at the end, looks back a little bit, and melds with the now. And, like a suckerpunch, takes the reader off balance making it very difficult to put the book down between chapters.
This was a great read, but understand it's not for everyone. Don't feel obligated to love it....more
I went into this knowing nothing about scuba, and only a trivial amount of knowledge about u-boats. This audio book has been siThis book blew me away.
I went into this knowing nothing about scuba, and only a trivial amount of knowledge about u-boats. This audio book has been sitting in my queue for 2 years with many others jumping line ahead of it. What was I thinking.
Robert Kurson paints a vivid picture of two amazing people performing amazing feats under water, and the changes they experience as people in the process of discovering and identifying this mystery sub.
The author takes an appropriate amount of time telling you the background of these two extraordinary divers, and these chapters grant insight into why Kohler and Chatterton make the commitments they made, and why this wreck meant so much to them. Throughout this book, the reader will feel the relief and share the sense of accomplishment this dive team had in identifying U-869. I, for one, was touched with the stories of family and friends who finally found out where their loved ones finally came to rest.
What this book does, above all else, is take a chapter of history in the not-too-distant past, and spells out how it came to be by painting the people, the scene, and the subject in such a way that you do not have to be even interested in scuba, world war II u-boats, or shipwrecks to understand and enjoy this story.
Perhaps one of my most favorite books of the last 5 years.
Quick Note about the audio version: This review regards the audio version narrated by Michael Prichard. I'm not sure Mr. Prichard was the right choice for this piece of work. His baritone infomercial-like voice failed to capture and transmit the emotion contained in this book. Although his performance was admirable, in my opinion his voice just cannot deliver the punch that this text required. And then there is the audio engineering....
The audio engineering was very poor. the tone and clarity of the reading would change from sentence to sentence in the worst cases. Some of these changes were so bad as to spike the volume, or make the listener crank up the volume to hear what's going on now. But the problems were not contained only in the volume. One must wonder if they used two different studios or microphones for this recording. The tone and timbre of the presentation would change as often. Mr. Prichard's voice would be at times sharp and brassy, and other times mellow, muffled and tired.
If you wish to listen to the audio version of this story, You are unfortunately out of luck. While there is another version, narrated by Scott Campbell, that version is abridged. If you seek the full, unabridged version you must hunt this one down.