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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,634
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,575

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-16

I never write reviews and I am not in the least a sports fan but this book captivated me from the very beginning and ended up moving me beyond words. It is extremely well written and expertly narrated. I highly recommend it.

  • Last Town on Earth

  • By: Thomas Mullen
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

The Last Town on Earth centers on the inhabitants of a small logging town in Washington and what happens when they take drastic measures (quarantine) to try and protect themselves from the virulent and deadly flu epidemic of 1918. When a deserting WWI soldier demands sanctuary, events are set in motion that change the town forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrill for a Reader. Model for a Writer

  • By Angela on 03-04-11

Could have been better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator. A better narrator might have kept me engaged in the story. As it was I felt no involvement or investment in the characters.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Unremarkable ending.

What didn’t you like about Henry Strozier’s performance?

Slow, tedious, I zoned out a number of times and didn't seem to miss anything significant.

Could you see Last Town on Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, the story is too long and slow.

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