I've been an audible listener for about 10 years now and think book is one of the best, if not the best, book I've listened to. I knew nothing about crew rowing when I started this book. By the end I had learned a great deal about the sport, the history, and most of all the 9 men in the boat. When I finished it this evening and came in to tell my wife about it I became emotional. That was a first for me. When I reached the end of the book it was like I had lost 9 close personal friends. The book was excellent and the narrator was one of my favorites. For the first time, I am tempted to start the book over and listen again. It was that good.
I've been an audible listener for many years listening to a book a month. This is one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in a long time. The author can paint mental pictures with careful selection of words and phrases. The story comes alive and is a joy to listen to.
The only thing I didn't like is the way the story jumps back and forth in time. This is not a book you can casually listen to. If you zone out for a little while you won't know what year it is.
I look forward to more books by Doerr
As a fan of the Camel Club series I enjoyed the book and Ron McLarty's reading. Cassidy was OK but her acent was way too southern for West Virginia. Sounded more like Mississippi. I don't care much for the sound effects or background music.
The story could easily have been another Cameal Club book so if you like that series you will like this book.
I was looking forward to this book because I have enjoyed Larry Niven's other books, but this one just seemed to wander around a bit. I knew it was a bit dated when I got it and I was able to get around the the 20th century technology. In the end it just kind of fizzled. I didn't realize I had reached the end of the book until I heard "epilogue". I was thinking these was another part to go.
I thought I was getting a novel about The Battle of Franklin. What I got was a compelling novel that describes the lives of the individuals and families just before, during and years after the battle. This was a very enjoyable book. I especially liked the multiple readers reading the different characters.
Now that I've finished the book I want to go visit Franklin, TN and places where this story came from.
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