Silent Running

  • by James F. Calvert
  • Narrated by Kevin Patrick
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this riveting personal account, an authentic American hero relives the perils and triumphs of eight harrowing patrols aboard one of America's most successful World War II submarines. Courageous deeds and terror-filled moments - as well as the endless hard work of maintaining and operating a combat sub - are vividly recalled in Calvert's candid portrait. From rigorous training and shakedown cruises off the coast of New England to tense patrols within shouting distance of Japan's major cities, the progress of the newly commissioned USS Jack parallels Calvert's own growth from callow ensign to charter member of one of the sharpest attack teams in the fleet. Silent Running is more than a masterful collection of war stories. The greatest drama takes place within Jim Calvert himself, as his values, his training, and his courage are put to test daily, both at sea and ashore. He must come to terms with a forbidden love, overcome fear and self-doubt, cope with the loss of comrades, and face the constant reality that each and every day at sea might be his last. Jim Calvert has created one of the most remarkable World War II memoirs to date.


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Customer Reviews

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A fascinating view of WW2 Sub Warfare

Any fan of Tom Clancy's fictional sub tales will like this historical audio book of our submarine forces in WW2. The combination of technical information, wartime action, and insights into the human factor of life on a WW2 Sub made this book an enjoyable choice. The 10 hour unabridged size was also nice if you like unabridged formats - it did not drag or feel too long, but rather was hard to "put down". I would highly recommend this audiobook!
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- julie

Great Book, Bad Recording

This is an excellent biographical tale of life aboard a second world war submarine in the Pacific theater of operations. It tells the tale of a crew growing together as a fighting unit through the eyes of a junior officer. That is one drawback as even junior officers live a guilded life compared to a seaman, but that is a minor complaint. What is annoying is the uneven recording quality. It is quite evident that the narrator had to redo numerous portions of the book and the dubbed in portions sound as if the used a steel drum as a studio. This is an unneeded distraction in an otherwise fine book.
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- Ron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.