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The Boys in the Boat Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race.

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

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    This is a great story. You won't want to stop listening once you start, so buckle up.

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    Janet Goldman 12-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book about a great true story."

    An inspiring book that embodies and anticipates World War Two. Coming of age in a very challenging age. I now understand why this is called the Greatest Generation.

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    J. Reed St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 12-23-16
    J. Reed St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 12-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Must Read"

    A magnificent story!! The author successfully blends the tale of the American struggle in the early 20th century and the unyielding spirit of a few Farm boys with historical glimpse into

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    Rick Yancey Vancouver, WA USA 12-21-16
    Rick Yancey Vancouver, WA USA 12-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    I can't say enough good things about this book. It's simply marvelous.

    Part history lesson, part love story, part personal achievement story, and part sports story

    The narration is flawless

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    Kindle Customer 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very glad to listen to the story."

    Liked the narration, loved the story, and I thought it was well written.

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    Amazon Customer 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One race too many"

    Nice story overall, but the detailed description of each race was just too much. By the time I came to the last race, I just raced on by.

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    Marin Blandon 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a great touching story!"

    I loved the story of the humble and devastating background Joe came from and how rowing with these boys helped him overcome his greatest limiting fear.

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    Kyle 12-13-16
    Kyle 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story, Good Narrator."

    The story was interesting and well written.

    My only complaint was that the narrator did not correctly pronounce many of the names of Seattle area cities in the book.

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    "Fantastic"

    Terrific book. Amazing narrator. His rich voice is perfect for this beautiful story. I cried at poignant parts and was so sad when it ended. A must listen!!

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's fixation on personal appearances made the whole thing feel shallow.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel James Brown’s story?

    His style.


    What three words best describe Edward Herrmann’s voice?

    Affected, over-performed.


    Do you think The Boys in the Boat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Once was enough, thank you.


    Any additional comments?

    Lent it to several people hoping someone would enjoy it. No luck.

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