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B. J. Mayer

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  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1716)
    Story
    (1726)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Great except for the mangled place names!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boys in the Boat to be better than the print version?

    I read the book first in print and then decided I need to listen to it. Some books just require full word to word attention, and I do that better listening than reading, where I tend to skim. So I bought the audible copy, and I am not sorry that I did.


    What other book might you compare The Boys in the Boat to and why?

    I'm not sure I can think of a comparable book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Edward Herrmann?

    Not if I had a choice of narrator. I think when someone is going to read a book set in the Northwest, he should make the effort to learn to pronounce place names consistently. Today, as he said Puyallup, I said, "Yes, he got one right!" and then twenty seconds later he said Poo-yallup. For a NWesterner listening to the mangled place names is painful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I listen as I drive.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is extremely well-written. I rowed in college (and still row, though not competitively) and some parts really hit home. But I recommended it to several non-rowing friends and they enjoyed it almost as much as I did. I particularly enjoyed hearing about George Pocock and about how rowing shells were built. Joe's story keeps any of it from being dry or just boringly historic.

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