One of the most inspirational stories I've ever read. This was the greatest generation and a model for generations to come.
Excellent book and story. Narration is wonderful *except*, it's very annoying that Seattle area location names are not pronounced correctly. This would have been so easy to do. The Producer MUST do a better job.
As a Seattle native I was extremely impressed with the performance. We have a lot of Native American names here and no one knows how to pronounce them correctly unless they've lived here for a long time. Not only was the author meticulous in his detailed accounting of the geography and the narrator skilled in his oration, but the story was captivating, heartwarming and exceptionally well told.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book as rowing has never really peaked my interest. This book is about so much more than rowing and actually I can't wait for the Olympics in 2016 so I can watch it! An inspirational story all the way through. Makes you appreciate your grandparents and great grandparents and the greatest generation.
well narrated and written. good telling of the truths and lives of rowers and it what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself. I loved it!
I knew nothing of rowing and had no interest, but the story is compelling. More than that it is written in such a way that is poetic. This poetic nature really allowed me to make connections and use as a metaphor to many other aspects of my life. One example is the connection of rowing to a family and the unity they must have to be successful. I loved this book.
there was no favorite - they were just all people
no - this is about rowing, an atheltic endeavor. As a rower and coach I know something about this. But I must be in the minority who recognize this as a form of entertainment and recreation as opposed to some suernatural phenomenon.
The problem I have with sports stories is that they somehow make the individuals involed mystical and elevate them or the sport to some plane that transcends the reality of what they are, i.e. a form of play. And this story does that to the point of almost nausea.
Actually, the best part of the book for me was the side story of Germany at that time and the politics involved in even having the US team go to Berlin when it was clear as to what was happening in regards to the persecution of the various non german peoples.