For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.
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.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together - a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times - the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs.
©2013 Daniel James Brown (P)2013 Penguin Audio
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I am not a sports fan by any means but this book about the Olympic Rowing Team from Seattle was such an interesting story. Well paced and informative without being too technical it kept me interested all through. The last 3 chapters were especially exciting. The narrator was beyond excellent. Edward Hermann could read from the back of a cereal box and
make it sound like a wonderful book! Loved it .
A remarkably well written and narrated story of true American heroes! These men deserve admiration for their work ethic, selflessness and many contributions to this country, aside from their Olympic Gold medal. They were athletes, soldiers, engineers, doctors, lawyers, husbands, fathers...and the list goes on and on. Not to forget Joyce, who I found equally inspiring. A truely inspirational read from start to finish.
By making it more of a story than a history lesson.
A good mystery.
Not sure. He was pretty good - clear and concise in his diction.
Not sure - couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. It was just too boring.
This read more like a documentary than a story. Way to chock full of historical details. Would have liked to have heard more character development and intrigue than facts about rowing positions and such.
This book is written beautifully. There is a tremendous amount of detail in this book -- right down to how many strokes per minute the team was rowing at various points in their practices and their races. You wouldn't think that would be interesting to someone who is not involved in the sport, but the book is so well written that I felt like I was right there in the boat with them.
Beautifully narrated by Edward Herrmann. What a talent (such a loss).
It is an inspirational story with many layers and sub plots that add to its charm. I began recommending it before I finished it myself.
The narrator reads it splendidly, as if he's another character in the tale.
It's an excellent reflection on the lives of the boys in the boat who won gold in Berlin so long ago now, a story worth remembering.
Perfect story and perfectly read. You feel like you know the"boys" personally. The end of the story is known before you start listening, but that doesn't make it any less thrilling. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
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