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William

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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
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    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??"
    "Engaging Story; Stunning Narration"
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    Would you listen to The Boys in the Boat again? Why?

    I plan to listen to the book at least several more times in the coming months. The story weaves together the elements of the Great Depression, Nazism on the rise, the 1936 Berlin Games, the science and ART of rowing, etc. The real deal closer for me is the Edward Hermann narration. No one is better than Edward Hermann and this is the perfect book for him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George Pocock - a fascinating man that understood men, craftsmanship, and the art of rowing.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I cannot believe it can get any better than this.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Boys in the Boat: A Story of Unbroken Spirit and the 1936 Olympics


    Any additional comments?

    As good as it gets on Audible.

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