Under Pressure by Richard Humphreys audiobook

Under Pressure: Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine

By Richard Humphreys
Read by Richard Humphreys

Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Audio 9781335996244
6.82 Hours Unabridged
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As a restless and adventurous eighteen-year-old, Richard Humphreys joined the submarine service in 1985 and went on to serve aboard the nuclear deterrent for five years at the end of the Cold War. Nothing could have prepared him for life beneath the waves. Aside from the claustrophobia and disorientation, there were the prolonged periods of boredom, the constant dread of discovery by the Soviets, and the smorgasbord of rank odors that only a group of poorly washed and flatulent submariners could unleash. But even in this high-pressure environment, the consolations were unique: Where else could you sit peacefully for hours listening to whale song? Based on firsthand experience, Under Pressure is the candid, visceral, and incredibly entertaining account of what it’s like to live, work, sleep, and eat—and stay sane—in one of the most extreme man-made environments on the planet.

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Summary

Summary

As a restless and adventurous eighteen-year-old, Richard Humphreys joined the submarine service in 1985 and went on to serve aboard the nuclear deterrent for five years at the end of the Cold War. Nothing could have prepared him for life beneath the waves. Aside from the claustrophobia and disorientation, there were the prolonged periods of boredom, the constant dread of discovery by the Soviets, and the smorgasbord of rank odors that only a group of poorly washed and flatulent submariners could unleash.

But even in this high-pressure environment, the consolations were unique: Where else could you sit peacefully for hours listening to whale song?

Based on firsthand experience, Under Pressure is the candid, visceral, and incredibly entertaining account of what it’s like to live, work, sleep, and eat—and stay sane—in one of the most extreme man-made environments on the planet.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In geopolitical terms Humphreys really picked his moment…He captures the details of this eerie, constrained existence so well.” Times (London)
“A vivid no holds barred account of life on a Polaris nuclear sub during the Cold War.” Cold War Conversations
“[Humphreys’] account is fascinating and eye-opening. It reveals submariners such as him as unsung warriors, front-line fighters in a bizarre war of silent menace that anyone outside the tight-knit community can barely comprehend.” Daily Mail (London)
“A visceral trip under water.” Spectator (London)
“An utterly fascinating and wonderfully detailed insight into the hidden—and frequently disorientating and claustrophobic—world of the modern submariner, this richly compelling and hugely entertaining memoir brilliantly conveys the tension, huge responsibility, culture and, of course, humour of being a crewman on the nuclear deterrent.” James Holland, author of Normandy `44
“A vivid, honest and very funny account of life as a submariner at the height of the Cold War.” James Jinks, coauthor of The Silent Deep

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Author Bio: Richard Humphreys

Author Bio: Richard Humphreys

Richard Humphreys has been a bookseller for over twenty years. In 2017, he sat on the judging panel of the prestigious Costa Awards for Best Biography. From 1985 to 1990, Humphreys served in the Royal Navy and spent his career on the Polaris submarines, which carried nuclear ballistic missiles. He lives with his family in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 6.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English