Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
This book entertained us for many hours on out recent vacation to the Pacific Northwest. I couldn't have picked a better book to listen to, as we headed on our way to Washington state from California. How fun to realize that the book we were listening to was centered around one of our destination areas. This was not preplanned but happened purely by serendipity.
The story captured our attention immediately. It was even more relevant to us as our son had rowed on a local California university crew team (not Berkeley). The book was exceptionally well-researched and got up close and personal, as well as telling the team story of an Olympic win which occurred against all odds.
And what a time in world history for it to have occurred! I have read many holocaust books in the recent past, but the part of this book, the description of Germany as Hitler was coming to rise and beginning to execute his pure evil, made me squirm in my seat. I was always glad when these parts were over. This was not a negative for me, just my own personal reaction.
This is a wonderful, uplifting, true story which should appeal to a wide variety of listeners. It was perfectly narrated which added greatly to make it an awesome listening experience.
Fascinating book narrated by Ohno himself--he tells the story of what it takes to be the best in the world at short track skating in the Olympics. No worries that he gave his secrets away. I am guessing there are few people who would have the dedication and mindset to go after a momentous goal as singlemindedly as he did. He's an honorable and very talented individual and we haven't heard the last from him. I am sure of that.