Heroes Beneath the Waves

  • by Mary Nida Smith
  • Narrated by Paul Christy
  • 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unbelievable stories of the heroic men who sailed under the sea.
In Heroes Beneath the Waves, many brave men who rode submarines to great depths and across the oceans into unknown territory share their experiences, fears, and thoughts. They allow us to travel back in time through their memories. Trained for years to keep silent - for "loose lips sink ships" - many still believe what they know to be classified and refuse to disclose even the minutest of recollections. Others, however, want to leave a legacy of reminiscences for people to learn and live by - to know that freedom is not free.
Some stories will never be told. Held within the secret confines of their souls, these deep-sea veterans block them out for self-preservation. Yet there are others who will never escape their own minds; they relive their underwater experiences over and over with eyes open or shut.
Heroes Beneath the Waves is about teenage boys who left farms, small towns, and inner cities to defend the United States and democracy worldwide. Signing up for United States Navy submarine duty was an adventure of a lifetime during the early 1940s. Dreams of torpedoing Japanese and German ships and subs consumed their thoughts. Those who returned home as young men were older and wiser. Heroes Beneath the Waves was written to honor these men - gallant heroes - who served and are serving today on submarines.

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Reading Straight from Wikipedia is not a book!

Would you try another book from Mary Nida Smith and/or Paul Christy?

Your kidding. Literally, they did not write anything. This entire book is straight from web pages.


Has Heroes Beneath the Waves turned you off from other books in this genre?

I've read them all, and this one is bad. I have a very complete library of first edition hardbacks of every first hand account of US WWII submarines. This book does not belong in this library.


How could the performance have been better?

The narration was not very good, either.


What character would you cut from Heroes Beneath the Waves?

There are no characters, just Wikipedia pages.


Any additional comments?

Is this the future of research and writing? Get "The Bravest Man" to know what a real book is.

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- Andrew Scott McClanahan "I've lived in Austin, Texas, for over 10 years, not Houston. World War II is my lifelong interest since my father was a combat veteran in the 8th Air Force. I grew up with pilots, bombardiers, and navigators. They told me many stories of their experiences and I cannot get enough of books and documentaries."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios