The story of Joe is so compelling. Many people today will never experience the struggle of those individuals. What a life they lived. Thanks for sharing that life experience.
The story carried an easily understood time line through an historical time.
Joe is our silent hero.
I hope I'll find another audible book as good as this one.
I plan to listen to the book at least several more times in the coming months. The story weaves together the elements of the Great Depression, Nazism on the rise, the 1936 Berlin Games, the science and ART of rowing, etc. The real deal closer for me is the Edward Hermann narration. No one is better than Edward Hermann and this is the perfect book for him.
George Pocock - a fascinating man that understood men, craftsmanship, and the art of rowing.
No. But I cannot believe it can get any better than this.
The Boys in the Boat: A Story of Unbroken Spirit and the 1936 Olympics
As good as it gets on Audible.
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.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
There are many descriptions of this non-fiction read, however, what I found most interesting was that it gave a great deal of history about Washington, Oregon and has a sprinkle of Long Beach thrown in during the depression. It is very informative about what this group of men, their families, and their cities went through during that time. It also included history surrounding Germany's rise to power and how they hid what was actually going on during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
It is a book about rowing which sounds boring but it is actually interesting and exciting.
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.
top-notch reader...one of the best...but too many local names pronounced incorrectly
a tear or two
I live in the area of WA where the main character lived so am familiar with local names. it would be easy for a narrator or director to call a local paper or radio station for correct pronounciations....the wrong ones distracted from the otherwise great story
Loved reading about local(for me) history. A bit over dramatized. Totally irritating that the narrator did not take the time to learn how to pronounce the names of towns bad neighborhoods. Repeating the name of the local newspaper over and over again and pronouncing it incorrectly was like nails on a chalk board. If you didn't know the correct pronunciations you will love it.
The way he pronounced the names of places was irritating to me because I knew how they were supposed to be pronounced
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'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
Boys in the Boat (BITB) is a powerful and entertaining book that allows the reader/listener to forget their reading non-fiction. The story brings together a confluence of historical events that make for an intriguing story: the Great Depression, the sport of crewing at its height of popularity, Berlin's 1936 Olympics, and the impending start of WWII. Author, Daniel James Brown, writes with a certain sense of ease and realism that conjures up the spirit of the times.
As a reader, I gained a much greater understanding and respect the sport of crewing upon reading BITB. Brown does an outstanding of reviewing the history of crewing, the athletic efforts needed to be a part of a crew team, comradely needed to be a successful crew team, and the strategy needed to win races. Equally gripping was the explanations about how families survived day to day during the Great Depression. Brown also tells the personal stories of the University Washington crew members, which allows the reader a very personal interaction the subject matter. All of these elements are seamlessly woven together to identify the country's emerging character that would dominate the post WWII area and be termed by Tom Brokaw as the "greatest generation".
Brown's best work is spent detailing the propaganda efforts on the behalf of Hitler, Leni Riefenstahl, and German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, who attempted to use the spectacle of the 1936 Olympics to support their fantasies of racial superiority. Brown's research and spot-on storytelling brings the story to an exciting climax.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading/listening to BITB for the characters, story, and historical significance. Reportedly, the movie rights have been sold to Miramax, which Kenneth Branagh is scheduled to direct. In my rank order system of the 64 books I have over the last two year, BITB lands in the 12th position.