I loved how the author wove together the narratives of the Great Depression, the rise of Nazi Power and the effect they both had on the lives of ordinary people trying to achieve extrardinary things. The making of the 1936 Olympic Rowing team was the perfect backdrop for that story.
Absolutely loving this book. Not quite finished but certainly one of the best ever. One of my top 10 for last 5 years of reading, and or listening!
Easily my favorite read this year and one of my favorite all time. Sometimes books are better as an audiobook, sometimes not. This definitely was far better in every way with one exception. Nearly every, city, town, mountain or native name used was mispronounced.
Inspiring story that brought tears to my eyes! Great for young adult readers to help the appreciate how difficult life can be and learn how to have the fortitude to overcome. Terrific narration!
The book is just incredible and no one comes close as a reader to Edward Herrmann(rip). An absolute must !!
good book slow at times
Great book! Must read!
I liked the book, the purpose and dedication of the 9 rowers and their coaches was amazing. It was a different time and I don’t think it would happen today. However, it was a good read
Great book and great narration! This is a must read.
MFT- loved this story about a great sport, the hardest of times, and a team of boys who worked hard to win., and winning big became their standard. Joe is an inspiration to anyone who feels life is not fair: he learns how to overcome and persevere at a young age, which compels him to fit in and do his best. The parts about the sport, its history and Polcock are fascinating. Good read for all.
Daniel James Brown is the author of The Boys in the Boat and Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894. He lives in the country east of Redmond, Washington, with his wife and two daughters.