Overcoming adversity - Determination
When Joe was added to the boat and the magic clicked.
Difficult to choose - nine boys, two amazing coaches, spiritual boat building, loyal girlfriend.
Too long to listen in one sitting: Great to listen on road trips, commute, cleaning house.
Loved this book! I was amazed how the author and narrator were able to generate emotions about rowing and be able to understand the technical side of the sport. The epilogue was very well written and concluded the story with a sense of reverse and the hope of continued character building.
I wondered why a book about a rowing crew would be on the best sellers list for so long. It was not only a good surface story, but packed with lessons about hard work, perseverance, and giving oneself up to the whole. I found the book deeply spiritual. It piqued my interest in a sport I had never thought about, enlightened me about the effort, strength, and endurance required in crew rowing, and the importance of "swing". There was a good history lesson embedded about Hitler's calculated PR to blind the world to the evil kept out of sight. It made me want to research the woman who put the propaganda films together. The George Pocock quotes were terrific lead ins to chapters and showed wisdom that was applicable beyond rowing. Pocock's devotion to his craft and the excellence of what he produced were additional inspiration. The performance matched the moods and excitement of the story. A memorable novel.
I listened to this book on my walks... it was spell binding! I laughed and cried throughout! The only suggestion I have would be that the reader check the pronunciation of various places he was reading about. It's a small thing, but being born and raised in the Northwest, those mispronunciations were glaring to me.
Truly an outstanding story. well narrated. If you have any history of playing team sport, it resonates and inspires. But it is also an excellent history lesson.
now please excuse me while I go watch the current Olympic rowing.
This is one of my favourite audiobooks. History entwined with a fabulous story about a team with heart like no other.... Read beautifully this book is not to be missed!!
I loved the story, the history, the people. As a Washingtonian it was difficult to hear Edward Herrmann butcher the pronunciation of places like Alki, Puyallup, Ephrata, etc. I loved him as an actor, but he could have researched that a bit.