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.
Historical detail...put you there
a great read.....and I was sorry when it ended .....would love to read other books as good and well written as this one
As soon as the story began I was sucked in. Great writing and great narrator. The intertwining of world events with the story of the boys and all else that surrounded that time was done masterfully.
You know you are a good writer (and story teller) when the audience already knows the ending because you told it to them at the beginning of the book but you still keep them on the edge of their seat with the excitement.
Got choked up during the race sections, didn't think that was possible. I liked the way the author added cross references about the great depression, Seabiscuit, James J Braddock, the rise of Nazi Germany, it definitely made it a whole and complete novel.
Narration captivating, Very inspirational; we need to recapture this devotion to Country! Keeps your interest.
I could picture every face, every scene, every character. Narrator was excellent!
The fact that this country was 'blinded' by the atrocities. Wonder if had they really known, would there ever have been an Olympics back then.
All the emotions throughout the book. Could actually feel the pain during the last race.
Want to go to Washington to see the boat now!
This should be a mandatory reading in schools!!!! Lessons for all!