Great book set in Washington State. I'm a native and was so familiar with the locations. Wonderful true story of determination against all odds. Hard work pays off. My boys will read it and I know they will be inspired.
I just couldn't get into this book. The first 3/4 of the book were slow and repetitive (the boys struggled to find their rhythm and had a race... Again and again) but the last 1/4 was exciting and I think it saved the rest of the book.
Performance was excellent.
A fascinating combination of an exciting sports commentary, an insight into a formative time in history, and the ultimate underdog story. Highly recommended.
Before the 1980 US hockey team miracle on ice, there was the 1936 Washington University crew. If there is a better sports book out there, I have not heard of it. This is a fantastic life story, with terrific detail of rowing, a true sense of the depth of depression era struggles, and collective triumph. Brilliant.
I felt like I was in the boat with them. I could see their exhaustion and the water dripping off the oars, hear the crowds, and feel the "swing." A good story, a slice of history, and inspiration.
Never has a bok captured me so completely and inspired me in countless ways! As soon as I finished it the first time I listened to it again. Absolutely one of the best books I have read in my life!
Obstetrician/Gynecologist from Glendale, Arizona
Rarely do I read a book that has me so drawn into it that tears flow freely in the final chapters. Such was the case as I listened to the final chapter and epilogue in the Audiobook version of this fantastic story of nine young men, their coaches and families.
Edward Hermann is a master at reading books. He truly brought the book alive for me.
Tears were streaming down my face during the last chapter and through the epilogue. Beautiful. Heart-wrenching.