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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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    Stacy Johnson 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully Written; Beautifully Read"

    I have little interest in rowing, but love history and love a good story! The Boys in the Boat is fascinating! Although I knew the essential outcome, i was nonetheless on the edge of my seat while listening to the wonderful production of the reading of this book! Highly recommend! Thankful a friend recommended it to me!

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    granny 08-27-16
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    "Read this book!"

    Wonderful story beautifully written and captivatingly narrated. I highly recommend listening to this book - you won't regret it.

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    Husker 08-27-16
    Husker 08-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boys in the Boat the most enjoyable?

    The narrator really captured my attention as he told this story. So interesting as the historical aspects of both America and Germany were woven into the story line. The story was so good, I found myself eager to stay in the car and listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

    One of the most memorable was the boys time in Germany for the Olympics and then capturing the Gold.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the words to life in a manner that I might not have read in to them. Also, I was able to enjoy the book because I could listen on my commute where I don't have time to read a book like this. My wife read the book and I listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Such an outstanding story. I love the descriptions of what America was like during that time and also Germany. This is a book that our high school students should read. It tells our history in such a captivating manner. You can start to understand the emotions and lost hope behind pictures you see from the dust bowl era and depression.

    I am sure I will listen again.

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    Scherry J Tavernier, FL United States 08-27-16
    Scherry J Tavernier, FL United States 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Facinating history about the Olympic Games in Germany in 1936 and what these college boys had to endure around the time of the Depression here in this country.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

    There are so many it's hard to pick just one. Perhaps it was the the feeling of abandonment as Joe watched his parents pull out of the driveway, leaving this young boy to take care of himself during such harsh economic times, or perhaps it is the euphoria these 9 boys shared when they realized that by being in sync with each other they were able to achieve what no one thought they could.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Clear and articulate with just the right amount of emotion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I listened to this audio book while driving from NC to the Florida Keys. When I arrived at my destination I just sat in my car because I wanted... no, I NEEDED... to finish listening to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a sports fan, and definitely not a rowing fan, but I found this book absolutely fascinating! Although the story centers around Joe Rantz, this author's research and portrayal of these young boys who were shaped by the economic changes in this country during the time of the Depression and the Dust Bowl, and by the simmering hostilities in Europe, was outstanding!

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    D. Mings Sonoma, CA USA 08-27-16
    D. Mings Sonoma, CA USA 08-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Best book I ever read or listened to"

    I have probably read thousands of books over the years but never anything like this one. I was mesmerized. I found myself sitting in my car after arriving at my destination, unable to stop listening. The combination of the story and the times in which it happened added to my enjoyment - I learned a lot. Every high school student should read this as a part of history.

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    EmElDee4 Phoenix, AZ USA 08-26-16
    EmElDee4 Phoenix, AZ USA 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Real Americans striving for the win."

    this is an incredible telling of the true story of a group of simple, real, incredible Americans who worked with unrelenting passion to win the Gold Medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. the narration is well paced and satisfying. a must read.

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    Daretha 08-26-16
    Daretha 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible Story Of Triumph 5 Stars!!"

    This story of a boy that never gave up. Kept going. Made it to the Olympics with 9 other boys. Won the gold.... I LOVED THIS BOOK !!!!
    Highly recommended!!!

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    DGalvin 08-25-16
    DGalvin 08-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Stirring tale"

    This book was one of the most interesting books I have ever read. It develops characters that we can all cheer for. It has wonderful descriptions of the surroundings so that we feel that we are at the scene. The story itself is a moving and inspiring one that makes you proud to be an American. Edward Herrmann gives a wonderful performance that has made me look for more of his readings. I strongly recommend this book but be warned, you may lose sleep since it's very hard to stop listening.

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    LZ 08-24-16
    LZ 08-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Compelling"

    A really wonderful story and very well performed. It was hard for me to stop listening.

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    James carey 08-23-16
    James carey 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This story was wonderfully written and narrated!"

    This story captures the history and majesty of the sport. It portrays the qualities of great men, qualities that can inspire and touch a person at their very core.

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