The author does an incredible job of describing the setting, the people and the sport of rowing. I know nothing about rowing but now I know a little. The tale of these 9 boys is by itself amazing. When you add the talents of the author and narrator, it became my favorite book of the year!
Brilliant writing and outstanding narrative. I highly recommend this Audible recording to any lending ear. Truly engaging, running the full gamut of emotion. Well done all around.
The research that went into the recreation of this time in history is revered. Details of historical events were eloquently woven into this account. The author honored those portrayed in the book and the legacy they left behind. Much can be gleaned from this book about the synergy of teamwork. It's movie material.
Do you know nothing about rowing and crew? Neither did I nor, being from Missouri, did I care. This story is about far more than crew. The story of Joe overcoming a hand that would have done almost anyone else in is enough to get you off your feet. The friendships and teamwork of this group shows they have metal not only around their necks. A great read, be sure to finish the epilogue!
Very well written. I was excited every time I had a sore moment to listen. The story gives you pride in the kind of determination our forebearers had and inspiration to fill the shoes ourselves.
Great book. All should read this book whether you know anything about rowing or not. You will when it's done and you will know a lot! It will also be a great history lesson that we all need a refresher on.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (True Historical) - I am not from the Pacific Northwest and I'm not a rowing enthusiast, but this still was a great listen. It is for all Americans who like stories of courage and determination and people who have made their mark in history. The story begins as hopeful boys show up at Washington to try out for the university rowing teams. As the book progresses, the teams are chosen and begin their training. Alternately, you will get a glimpse of Berlin as it prepares to host the 1936 Olympic Games. The book goes back and forth between Berlin and Washington until the final American Olympic team is chosen and travels to Berlin.
It was interesting to hear details about the sport of rowing which I knew nothing about. I even looked on Wikipedia to see a diagram of the seating positions so I could understand the titles of the different rowers and how they contribute to the overall speed of the boat. What I enjoyed the most was the massive effort made by Hitler and the Nazis to hide the "real Germany" and appear to the world as a beautiful, peaceful Berlin. There was a little too much character development of each of the boys in the boat, but I suppose it contributed to the overall story. The best part of the book, of course, is the end when the Washington rowing team competes for the USA on the world stage. That is followed by an epilogue which updates each boy's life after the games.
PERFORMANCE - Good job. Some people from Washington complain about mispronunciation of local places. This Texas reviewer didn't notice a thing.
OVERALL - Recommended for just about anyone. There is no cursing, violence or sex. My only criticism is I thought it moved a little slowly at times.