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.
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.
I would not recommend the audio version of this book. This is a wonderful story. Edward Hermann is a very good reader, but he didn't bother to learn the correct pronunciation of almost every Washington State place name. This spoiled the listening experience for me.
Even with the reader's problems, the story was a difficult one to put aside.
I often get the talking books of stories set in other parts of the world because I want to know how the foreign names and other unfamiliar words are pronounced. This experience makes me wonder if I can trust the readers and/or the producers to get it right.
I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.
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.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Excellent telling of the 1936 men's rowing team from UW who won gold in Berlin. The book tells more than just the quest for the gold, it includes the backgrounds of each of the individuals and what brought them to the UW in the first place, their backgrounds, families, etc. It was particularly delightful to me, a Seattleite, as a more vivid picture of my city and state a century ago was painted.
I listened to the book and my only complaint is that the narrator, Edward Hermann, whom I generally LOVE as a narrator, mispronounced many of our Washington state towns, rivers and sites. At least he got Sequim right.
Though I appreciate Mr. Herrmann's voice and style, he managed to mispronounce 90 percent of the words specific to the NorthWest. It pretty much ruined it for me. Went back to reading the book. I have to give credit for his correct pronunciation of the town of Sequim, but pretty much everything else was jarringly wrong.
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.
English major. Love to read
This is such a treat to read. Yes, I live in the northwest so I am already greeting the story with open arms, but it wouldn't matter, truly. Daniel Brown knows how to tell a story which is the essential component for me to veer into the non-fiction realm. He takes a compelling story, humanizes it by closely following one of the participants and creates a momentum that is very hard to resist. I found myself wanting to stop people on the Seattle streets to suggest they read the book. That's a pretty good measure.
I live in the Seattle area, and when I tell friends about the audiobook, I warn them that the narrator mispronounces dozens of geographic names. When these names are repeated hundreds of times over the course of the book, listening can be very annoying. I suggest that people read the book rather than listen.
The geographic mispronunciations are inexcusable. Anyone could have asked a Washington native or transplant about the proper pronunciations.
A good editor or publishing house would have made sure that the pronunciations were correct. Terrible oversight for the audible edition of an excellent book. Natives should not have to cringe throughout the reading.
This story captures the history and majesty of the sport. It portrays the qualities of great men, qualities that can inspire and touch a person at their very core.