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.
I'm not sure I can think of a comparable book.
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.
No. I listen as I drive.
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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