Silent Running
James F. Calvert

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Narrated By: Kevin Patrick

Duration: 10 hours and 1 minute

What to expect

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 maintenance work are vividly recalled in Calvert’s candid portrait.

But 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 the 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.


Biography: historical, political and military, True war and combat stories

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“[An] exciting memoir…Calvert’s book ranks with Edward Beach’s Run Silent, Run Deep as an accurate, detailed, suspenseful account of submarine operations in the Pacific.”

Publishers Weekly

“Patrick’s reading is easy to understand and a fine match for the text. He convincingly expresses the many emotions that a crew experiences during a combat cruise—the thrill of the chase, the excitement of the captain’s description of torpedo hits and sinking ships, and the tension of the officers’ discussions.”


“Excellent reading…[Calvert] describes [his adventures] vividly and with what can best be called the qualities of an officer and a gentleman, which he certainly is.”


“[A] page-turner as good as any war novel…Calvert’s memoir should be at home in any type of library.”