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  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3033)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2716)

    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.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Epic Well Written Adventure"
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    We loved the story. Compelling, human and well developed. The development of not only the Husky Crew team but the German war machine gave a sense of history that added another dimension to the book. We are rowers and Seattle residents. That combo made the book a top favorite for us. Even if you aren't into rowing or from Seattle, it is a gripping book that never seems to lag.
    The only issue is that the narrator has never been to Seattle. He needed to ask a local how to pronounce a half dozen local words. As an example, Alki beach is pronounced Alk-Eye...not Al-Key.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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