The narrator mispronounces so many local place names--Alki, Skagit, Suzzallo, Ephrata, Chehalis, even Oregon! This Northwest native found it grating, not to mention sloppy for a book so likely to be read by UW alumni and WA natives alike. If you can get past it, it's a good read otherwise.
In the top 5. An inspiring story story,well told. It has it all, suspense, excitement.
An outstanding narration which matches perfectly the prose.
I loved it all. That sounds like a cliche but in this case it is true.
I have not heard him before, but it won't be my last, he did a great job.
As a rower and a boat builder I am glad on of my personal heros,George Pocock is so important in this story. I hope that even if the listener has never rowed a good wooden shell that they will understand the magic. The author and the narrator have done a great job to bring that experience to life.
Wonderful story, but the narrator made many egregious (too numerous and irritating to be laughable) mispronunciations of Pacific Northwest place names. If you're from Washington state you'll be happier reading it than listening to it. Penguin Books: don't you have editors?
? could america have ever really been an international underdog
? did americans have to worry, on a daily basis, about having enough to eat
? when did our nation become the worldly powerhouse that it now is
daniel james brown uses a Univ. Washington boat to tell of that memorable transition
the depression-era sons of loggers and farmers became the UW men's crew team
their humble and difficult childhoods made collegiate rowing seem almost easy
their energy and drive was joined to the precision of a humble british boat builder
his perfect aquatic creations propelled the crew with an almost spiritual devotion
it all came to perfect focus and completion in nazi germany's olympics of 1936
just a few years after their triumph, america and the rest of the world was at war
we then emerged from that war to enjoy decades of unmatched prosperity and peace
the boys in the boat want remind us modern americans that it wasn't always that way
This is a rare moment in history where several amazing individuals converged and created something much larger than the sum of the parts.
What a riveting story. I did not imagine a book about rowing would have me captivated but this story did the trick. This is extremely well written, allowing me to visualize every moment. The audible version takes it over the top with its narration that made driving seem effortless while the crew worked hard. From such humble beginnings, legends were made.
While I was reading this book I thought reading books like this is what makes life worth living. Oh I wish I could find more books like this -- exciting, inspirational, struggles, pain, perseverance, heroes.
My favorite quote: Joe’s girlfriend was angry about something done to Joe and said to him “I just don’t understand why you don’t get angry.” Joe said “It takes energy to get angry. It eats you up inside. I can’t waste my energy like that and expect to get ahead. When they left, it took everything I had in me just to survive. Now I have to stay focused. I’ve just got to take care of it myself.”
MY ONE COMPLAINT:
There are pictures in the physical book, but NO PICTURES for audiobook buyers. To the author and publisher: Please include pictures in a PDF file for audio buyers to download.
Fred Hermann was fabulous – clear voice, good interpretations. He reads like he’s interested in what he’s reading. He should do more books.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: nonfiction, sports history.
The author masterfully weaves specific stories - of individuals, the Depression, the Dust Bowl, the rise of Nazism and the world's indifference, the sport and art and zen of rowing -- into a moving, thrilling, sometimes horrifying tale of the power of the human spirit. A beautiful story well-read. Loved it!
The Boys in the Boat is captivating, but the reader of the audiobook mispronounces several of the place names in the Seattle area. It wouldn't have been terribly difficult to call anyone living in the 206 area code to ask how the locals pronounce Alki Beach, Suzallo Library, Issaquah, etc. Someone must have told him how to pronounce Sequim and Puyallup, but it would have added authenticity to the storytelling if he had also asked about the other place names. Otherwise the reader is good and the story absolutely fascinating. I would recommend it to anyone.
This is the little known story of the gold medal 8 man crew team which won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (not a spoiler as this is revealed in the opening chapter of the book)
The best aspect of this book is the amazing self made story of Joe Rance, Losing his mother at a young age and left all alone to fend for himself at age 15 he somehow stayed in school, survived on his own and put himself through the University of Washington without any outside help while working, rowing crew and excelling as an Engineering major. Remarkable!! What an amazing and inspirational person!
There are only so many ways to describe a crew race. To those who ever rowed crew this is probably fascinating stuff but most people probably won't really appreciate it so much. There is a great deal of waxing poetic on the grace and beauty of the perfect crew stroke and rowing. A little over the top for me, and there is a lot of it.
Overall pretty good. The narrator does a good job.