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Amazing Diving Stories

Incredible Tales from Beneath the Deep Sea
Narrated by: Dean Williamson
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

A collection of thrilling diving stories. There's everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves. There are stories of death and disaster as well as bravery and triumph. Each tale has been chosen to stoke the fire of divers everywhere and some are illustrated with colour photographs.

Take the plunge and read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance and the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to prove that sharks were safe to swim with. There's the tale behind the Red Sea's most famous wreck, as well the Titanic's sister ship that keeps claiming divers' lives. Read about the politician attacked by a turtle, the saltwater crocodile that lost a sub–aqua scuffle and the eel feeding frenzy that almost claimed a life.

The exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport, and some are even brought to life by the author's photography. This global tour takes you everywhere: from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific. Stories of technical pioneers are accompanied by quirky tales of adventure beneath the waves. Every ocean of the world is explored making this essential reading--or a wonderful gift--for divers everywhere.

©2012 John Bantin (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"...dozens of true tales that will intrigue and delight everyone from the seasoned scuba tip the bathtub snorkeler." ( Diver, November 2012)
"Compelling true life stories that will entertain any diver." ( Scruba, January 2013)

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"Just" Diving Stories

What would have made Amazing Diving Stories better?

Just a collection of ditties with a diving sub text. Nothing "Amazing"

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dean Williamson?

Someone who didn't try to overact the narration. I found the narration excruciating and that definitely put me off.

Any additional comments?

Would have been better presented as "A Collection of Diving Stories" which would still have grabbed my attention. As it was the overuse of superlatives set an expectation that couldn't be delivered.

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Boring

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is ideal for someone that likes variety. I was expecting the selection of stories to have some consistency, but that wasn't the case.

What could John Bantin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More consistency in selecting the stories.

Any additional comments?

Try Shadow Divers instead.

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  • John
  • 27-08-19

meh... it's okay.

lots of entertaining stories. some training value. would have liked more technical or history. may use some of the stories.

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  • Suppresst
  • 21-04-19

Bizarre, But Might Be Worth the Price

There isn't a lot of material for diving enthusiasts to read about their sport, so one has to take what one can get. This book is queer - it's a compilation of dive magazine articles, many of which aren't "stories" at all, but merely a recounting of dives, with no real point, no "story", as in, "We dived at such-and-such spot in the Red Sea, saw interesting sea life, and then surfaced", end of story. Mixed in there are SOME decent actual stories, particularly in latter third of book.

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  • Dusty roads
  • 03-02-16

Not into it

This really just seems like a collection of magazine articles. I found them quite short and less than amazing.

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  • Jennifer A. Grosso
  • 25-03-15

The plural of "foot" is "feet."

I had a hard time listening to this guy refer to depths of X amount of foot. Some good stories otherwise.

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