This is a well-written, highly entertaining and motivating story within a larger story of WWII. Good drama, good character development.
Please, please - if you are going to read about real geographic locations, correctly pronounce the names. Juan de Fuca, Skagit, Alki on and on - ALL BUNGLED. It's really detracting.
Loved reading about local(for me) history. A bit over dramatized. Totally irritating that the narrator did not take the time to learn how to pronounce the names of towns bad neighborhoods. Repeating the name of the local newspaper over and over again and pronouncing it incorrectly was like nails on a chalk board. If you didn't know the correct pronunciations you will love it.
The way he pronounced the names of places was irritating to me because I knew how they were supposed to be pronounced
Compelling story, and very interesting recounting of conditions in the Northwest during the depression and just before WW II.
Playing the Enemy or Endurance
Narrator should have done his homework...he mispronounces most of the Washington State place names! Very irritating to us in the Evergreen State.
Yes. While we know how it ends, the journey to get there is worth hearing over and over again.
His voice can deliver a story
How the seemingly ordinary can be extraordinary
Despite some over-the-top up turns of phrase and descriptions (think Cold Mountain) that trigger several eye rolls, as well as Edward Herman's tortured pronunciations of Washington place names (not sure that is actually his fault-where was quality control?), the story is just a great one. Growing up in Washington and attending UW, I've always known the story without knowing the STORY. And it's a great one. You can't help but beam with pride and unquestionably admire what these ordinary folks accomplished in some of the toughest times in America.
The historical detail is fantastic. Although, if you're not from the Pacific Northwest, and generally familiar with the area, I could see it becoming tedious. The story is generally an interesting one, and the author propels it forward well. The language can be a bit overwrought and oddly pseudo-spiritual at times. My main complaint is this- the narrator does an otherwise great job, but in a book in which geographic detail and place description is at the heart of the story, he mispronounces way too many place names. Way too many. It can be very distracting.
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.
insight into sportsmanship
The coach for Wasington was a man of integrity.
This is not only an insight into the sport of crewing but a insight into Hitler's earlly world of devastation during the 2936 olympics in Germany.
This book really gives one an appreciation for what the "Greatest Generation" accomplished under such dire circumstances. You don't have to be a sports fan to like this book, although the information on rowing and boat making is fascinating. The story is well thought out and extremely well written. The performance by Edward Herrmann is outstanding, as he always is. I received the printed version as a Christmas gift and it was nice to see the photos that come with printed books. I do wish Audible would have some links to photos, maps, etc that audio book lovers could have access to. The book is very inspiring and uplifting - not just a sports story. It's for anyone that has to overcome formidable obstacles in order to meet goals and objectives. This story is similar to "Unbroken" and the main character in "Unbroken" appears briefly in this book as well. I give this book my highest rating.
Excellent writing, excellent performance, great story. You won't be disappointed with this one. I've been an audible subscriber for years and have never given five stars. This one is truly best in class.
Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this book - the tale of 9 ordinary men who learned something special about pulling together, even in their weak points, and fulfilling a dream that is only a fantasy for billions of people around the globe. Using Joe as a character study, the author paints a picture of a man who came from humble beginnings and tragic abandonment. He would probably be the first to tell you that he was a nobody, really, and yet he, along with eight other men, fumbled and stumbled and clawed their way to the Olympic Games in Nazi Germany in 1936.
This book incorporates many facets, and it doesn't matter if you know or care anything about rowing (I had no knowledge of the sport, and felt like I had been taught a lot without feeling stupid). It will appeal to anyone who has even passing interests in character-development, teamwork, sport, Nazi German history, inspirational tales, or any number of genres. Edward herrman's narration is superb, with the exception of some of the Washington State towns, but this does not take anything away from the performance itself.
BRAVO! Well worth the credit!