2017 was a good year for nautical disaster themed audio books. A Time to Die by Robert Moore continued the trend that In Harm's Way started. The blurb tells you the book is about the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk. You might think you're not interested in Russian submarines, but really, give it a try.
This book blew my mind in a number of unrelated ways. It pushed all of my history, science, conspiracy theory, and human nature loving buttons. I can't even write a coherent review because there were so many divergent paths of awesome. Here are a few bullet points:
- When you have a submarine designed to avoid detection while at sea it's really hard to locate the sub when/if it sinks.
- Russia had certain strategies for dealing with the media in 2000 that may sound familiar to you in the year 2017.
- Russian pronunciations make for a fun audiobook. Great work by the reader.
- The secrecy of the Russian military during rescue operations is enough to make you want to punch someone.
I would have never listened to this book if it wasn't in my Arm Chair Audies category, but I'm so glad I did. Really, give it a try.
This is my third review in the History/Biography category for the Arm Chair Audies. Check back for more reviews, and to see who I think should be the winner.