He should have researched the pronunciation of the names of the towns in Washington. I believe he also miss pronounced the Cal crew coache's name.
The author masterfully weaves specific stories - of individuals, the Depression, the Dust Bowl, the rise of Nazism and the world's indifference, the sport and art and zen of rowing -- into a moving, thrilling, sometimes horrifying tale of the power of the human spirit. A beautiful story well-read. Loved it!
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.
This is the little known story of the gold medal 8 man crew team which won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (not a spoiler as this is revealed in the opening chapter of the book)
The best aspect of this book is the amazing self made story of Joe Rance, Losing his mother at a young age and left all alone to fend for himself at age 15 he somehow stayed in school, survived on his own and put himself through the University of Washington without any outside help while working, rowing crew and excelling as an Engineering major. Remarkable!! What an amazing and inspirational person!
There are only so many ways to describe a crew race. To those who ever rowed crew this is probably fascinating stuff but most people probably won't really appreciate it so much. There is a great deal of waxing poetic on the grace and beauty of the perfect crew stroke and rowing. A little over the top for me, and there is a lot of it.
Overall pretty good. The narrator does a good job.
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!
I would recommend this and in fact, bought two copies for friends/family.
True story of character and grit triumphing. Especially like the challenge faced by Joe, the protagonist, as he struggles to be a self-made man while being a true (and trusting) member of a team. Given his history of abandonment, this is no easy task.
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.
Herrmann's read feels like he's there with me telling me the story. I can't imagine either "The Boys in the Boat" or "Unbroken" being read by anyone else.
I've never done this before, but as soon as I was done with this book I went back and started listening to it all over again. It's really that good.