top-notch reader...one of the best...but too many local names pronounced incorrectly
a tear or two
I live in the area of WA where the main character lived so am familiar with local names. it would be easy for a narrator or director to call a local paper or radio station for correct pronounciations....the wrong ones distracted from the otherwise great story
Fascinating, exciting and captivating
There were actually several, but most had to do with how the lads had to push themselves beyond what they (and others) thought possible.
Edward Herrmann is an excellent narrator, so I don't believe the problem is with him. Before a book is recorded, a staffer should be assigned to pick out ALL proper nouns, especially place names, and call a local Chamber of Commerce or somewhere to ascertain how these nouns are pronounced locally/correctly. This is not the first book where this has been a very big distraction for me, just the latest. Yes, the Pacific Northwest has some complicated and strangely named towns, but, in fact, so do places everywhere. As I listened, it was disruptive to mentally correct the pronunciations and eventually became frustrating at something so easily remedied. Again, Mr. Herrmann is a wonderful narrator. His voice mellifluous, his infusion of life into the characters sine qua non. Publishers, please...take the moments required to get the pronunciations right.
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.
No. The reader was too distracting. He could not get the names of towns. And places schools, rivers, or anything in the area even remotely correct. Very distracting.
Great epilogue. Liked the story in general.
Yes. I liked the writer.
It made me cry with happiness. I know the intense feelings of winning a crew race. It's very emotional.
Jesse Owens victory overshadowed their win nationally. That never comes out in this book.
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.