The Boys in the Boat is an inspiring, well-told underdog story of nine men who stepped up for their country during the Great Depression. You don’t need to love rowing, history books, or even nonfiction to appreciate this one. Brown excels at painting suspenseful, nerve-wracking sequences when the boys are competing, and actor Edward Hermann expertly narrates the audiobook.
I really can’t say enough about this book. Dead Reckoning is Atcheson’s first foray into the world of narrative nonfiction, and it’s incredibly effective. This really is The Perfect Storm meets Into the Wild, and Atcheson’s reflective asides and telling of the story to fishing buddies was what made this one for me.