Danny E Sieg
THIS story had my attention from the beginning and kept my interest from day to day. It was such a new found bit of knowledge that it was freely giving that "gotcha" sensation at more than a normal pace. The story's setting takes place 20 years before MY Time, but was not difficult to find myself deep within the fan based spectators. Even knowing the climax event took me away from listening each evening before retiring, which has become a relaxation technique I enjoy. THIS BOOK is worthy of ones effort to listen.
I bought this book not knowing what is was about, but what a great surprise! I listen to books while running or doing projects. The boys inspired me to run faster and work harder. Listen to this even if you think it is not for you. It belongs in the section titled "nonfiction that reads like fiction."
? 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
I thought perhaps I loved the detail only because I was the mom of a Berkeley rower. But no, my friends with no crew experience said they loved every detail too. Wonderful storytelling.
What a fantastic book. The story is so compelling, it is better than fiction. The author (Brown) took a compelling story, and made it spellbinding. Perhaps one of my top 5 audible reads - truly fantastic. The performance is spot-on. I have heard Hermann before on other narrative non-fiction and he has always been superb, and he again delights the listener. You'll never want it to end - but it does, with the same beauty as the rest of the book.
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.
I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.
This unimaginable story is an inspirational ride from start to finish. The narration enhances an exciting story that showcases what is truly important in life. This is now my all-time favourite book both for its literary merit-- the way it is written and how it weaves together the story of the 1936 rowing team from the University of Washington together with the backdrop of Hitler's Germany-- and the deeper understanding it provides for readers to put the events of their lives into perspective. It is hard to imagine a book ever replacing this one in my life.
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.
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.