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Steel Boat Iron Hearts Audiobook

Steel Boat Iron Hearts: A U-boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505

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Publisher's Summary

Using his own experiences, log books, and correspondence with other U-boat crewmen, Hans Goebeler offers rich and personal details about what life was like in the German Navy under Hitler. Since his first and last posting was to U-505, Goebeler's perspective of the crew, commanders, and war patrols paints a vivid and complete portrait unlike any other to come out of the Kriegsmarine. He witnessed it all, from deadly sabotage efforts that almost sunk the boat to the tragic suicide of the only U-boat commander who took his life during World War II. The vivid, honest, and smooth-flowing prose calls it like it was and pulls no punches.

U-505 was captured by Captain Dan Gallery's Guadalcanal Task Group 22.3 on June 4, 1944. Trapped by this "hunter-killer" group, U-505 was depth-charged to the surface, strafed by machine gun fire, and boarded. It was the first ship captured at sea since the War of 1812. Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors tour U-505 each year at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

This edition includes a special foreword by Keith Gill, curator of U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry.

©2008 Hans Jacob Goebeler and John Vanzo (P)2016 Tantor

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  • John P. Santucci
    Tucson, AZ. USA
    24/02/17
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    "A fascinating view into WWII naval history."

    I grew up in Chicago and spent a lot of time at the Museum of Science and Industry I toured the U-505 many times when it was located on the outside rotting in the elements. I was elated when the old war relic was going to be given a proper home underground and fully restored to its real wartime appearance as a memorial to those brave souls who lost there lives and those who survived.
    This book really brought to life the story of what life was like from a crewman's prospective. The story told here was absolutely very informative and eye opening. This was one of those books that really holds your interest. This was a well written memoir about life in Germany during wartime and living and serving in the U boat service. Eye opening.
    Narrator was excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia
    United States
    22/01/17
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    "Good story"

    I enjoyed this. The author gave additional details about a submariner and specifically life aboard a u boat I had not heard elsewhere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • william
    18/11/16
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    "I really enjoyed it."

    A great book, but it sounds like they took a few recordings of each passage and stitched them together. The change in tone of voice and emotion breaks the flow a little. At one point, the same passage is read twice in a row.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jerry R Besco
    17/11/16
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    "a sailors account of the ship he loved"

    As interesting and dramatic as the classic, Das Boot. Not to be missed. You will feel like you are onboard and understand the German figjting man during times of better and worse.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    20/08/16
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    "Not impressed with the narration"

    Disliked the unnecessary fake German soldier enthusiasm. The voice was annoying and made it bad.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/12/16
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    "Interesting U-boat book"
    What did you love best about Steel Boat Iron Hearts?

    Interesting U-boat book but the narrator seemed a bit slow and sleepy, he didn't add any emotion when reading it. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eugene Watts
    06/12/16
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    "Amazing!!!!"

    Great Book!; and full of life from a U Boat crewman aspect. is a definite keeper. Book won't let you down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sasquatch
    12/08/16
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    "60% of the book is great"

    At first it was really interesting to hear about life as a U-boat crew member. But quickly the other 40% is the author bragging about having sex with prostitues and talking about how brave he was. Got hard to listen to after the fourteenth paragraph talking about "we U-boat men were better" etc. Also lamenting over the genocide the German people suffered after the war seems pretty ridiculous considering what happened during the war.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • buttercup
    18/11/17
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    "The perfect war story"

    This is the seaman's story. He is unapologetic, honest, and proud to have served his country. Too young to have fully understand the international political situations at the time, he was a country boy who dutifully stepped up to serve his country in the most dangerous job in the German Navy. He gets down the gritty level U-boat mechanics, the exhileration and fear of battle, and the excitement of meeting women as a 19 year old sailor. This book has everything a good war memoir needs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/09/17
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    "Fun"

    Fun little book but would have been better if read by a German. Nice to see the side of crewmen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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