All the reviews laud the content, so let me submit my one gripe: the reader. I had to force myself to continue listening past the monotone and pedantic characteristics of the reader. I will actively avoid this reader from now on.
Herrmann's read feels like he's there with me telling me the story. I can't imagine either "The Boys in the Boat" or "Unbroken" being read by anyone else.
I've never done this before, but as soon as I was done with this book I went back and started listening to it all over again. It's really that good.
This is a compelling book, made even more so by Anne Garrels' narration. I listen almost exclusively to NPR, and their "voices" take on an intimate quality since they're with me almost everywhere I go...at home, in the car, at friends' houses, or on my iPod while walking my dog! I found her descriptions of working in Iraq leading up to the war fascinating as I don't often consider the daily difficulties of the journalist on the ground. There are some books that are better when listened to, and this is one of them. The experience is enhanced by the fact that Anne Garrels and her husband are reading their own words. I highly recommend listening to this book.
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