Witsend: Agree with you there mate, the subtitled version is better even though I can't understand German, the film says it all. The book is equally good and as accurate as it can be....and you still haven't told me where you got that bird in the animated graphic giving the pink oboe a going over ??
Happy new year 2010...pmsl.
I got the book for Christmas, brilliant read. I then downloaded the 3 hour version with English voices instead of German once, but with a German accent, not ideal but good enough. The Second Lieutenant (sic?) has a really high, squeaky voice.....
I agree with andym. Although the film Das Boot is good, it isnâ€™t as good as the original, nearly 5 hours with sub titles, television version screened by the BBC. The DVD compilation of that is slightly shorter as they omit the usual lead in/lead out sequences of each episode.
As brigham600 mentions, it is always very difficult to compare a book to the film. We all make our own images from a book and they rarely match the film. Reading the book after seeing the film always feels a bit hollow; to me anyway.
Try "Iron Coffins" by Herbert A Werner. He was a U-boat officer who survived the war. As you say Maxi, that was an achievement in itself as out of 40,000 U-boat men, 30,000 died. A 75% mortality rate hence the title of his book.