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
The most beautifully written story I've read in many years. Edward Hermann was the perfect storyteller. I would have to say it is among the top five listens in nearly 100 books listened to.
Yes. They all have been great!
Not a good film story!
I hated it to end.
This is a really good story, exceptionally well read. It never would have occurred to me to select this book, but a friend recommended it. I'm very glad she did.
Yes. The book had so many good ideas and feelings, it was hard to remember them all.
Yes, this was a perfect match for Herrmann's voice.
Adversity and sweat, build tough, good men.
This and unbroken have been two of my favorite listens.
A page turner, this true story is by turns fascinating, heartbreaking, redemptive. I cheered for Joe Rantz every hour of my listen. You will not regret buying this book. The
writing is genius. The narration is superb. The story is unforgettable. Best book I have bought ever (next to Seabiscuit and Unbroken).
This is probably my very favorite book that I have read in the past few years. It was an amazing story.
Use a credit NOW and purchase this book. You will not be disappointed by one minute of this audiobook.
I have been reading since before I started school. I am not sitting in front of a book someone is reading it to me!
I so enjoyed this book. The story the scene and then triumph over adversity, sometimes raises the hair on your neck and at others brings tears to your eyes. I rank this among my top 100 books of all time. I am going to be reading this over and over and over again.
The narration is exemplary. Get this book and keep reading till you can't read anymore. You will love this book.
Please understand, I think Edward Herrmann has a melodic, compelling voice. His delivery is great... when he's not mispronouncing Pacific NW names. Having grown up in Seattle, I can understand the difficulty, there are some unusual ones. But I cringed every time he said Post Intelli- GEN-cer, and Boh-Marche. Several place names of American Indian origin were also mangled. Surely SOMEONE could have helped with these and made an excellent book, perfect.
This book could be about playing anything and it would still be just as good. The authors's narrative's are awesome.
If you like Unbroken or Seabiscuit you will love this book just as much or more. In fact they are all related and referenced.
Yes - it was suspenseful and fascinating.
I almost cried when Joe found his way back into the varsity boat and his team members welcomed him back. Beautiful scene.
What a story.
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